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Body Planes or Aspects

Body Plane or AspectMeaning
Anterior or ventral
Front
Posterior or dorsal Back
Superior Above
Inferior Below
Lateral Side
Distal Farthest from midline
Proximal Nearest to midline
Medial Middle
Supine Face or palm up
ProneFace or palm down
SagittalVertical plane; divides the body into equal right and left sides
TransverseHorizontal plane; divides the body into top and bottom sections
CoronalVertical plane; divides the body into front and back sections