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Planes and Positions
Most A&P courses, before delving into the good
stuff, teach positions and planes. We’ve put together ...
A description of any region or part of
the body in a specific stance is called the
anatomical position.
In the anatomical ...
If the body is lying face up, it is in the
supine position.
If the body is lying face down, it is in the
prone position.
w...
Directional terms are words used to
describe the position of one body relative to
another.
Many directional terms are grou...
Anterior view: At or near the front
of the body.
Posterior view: At or near the back
of the body.
Image Image
www.visibleb...
Lateral: Away from midline
Medial: Nearer to midline
Midline: the imaginary line that divides the body into right and left...
Superior view: Situated toward the head and further
away from the feet; the upper part of a structure.
www.visiblebody.com
Inferior view: Situated nearer to the feet than the head;
the lower part of a structure.
www.visiblebody.com
Deep
Away from the surface
of the body
Superficial
Close to the surface
of the body
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Distal
Farther from the origination
of a structure.
Proximal
Nearer to the origination
of a structure.
www.visiblebody.com
When we study the parts of the body,
we also study their relativity to planes.
Planes are imaginary flat surfaces that pas...
Frontal (coronal) plane: Divides the body into front
and back portions.
www.visiblebody.com
Tranverse plane: Divides the body into
superior (upper) and inferior (lower) portions.
www.visiblebody.com
Oblique plane: Passes through a structure
or the entire body at an angle.
www.visiblebody.com
Sagittal plane: Divides a structure or the body
vertically into right or left portions.
www.visiblebody.com
Review and Practice
Okay, we’ve thrown a lot of terms at you over the course of
this eBook. Time to see what you remember....
This is a _______ view.
a. posterosuperior
b. anterosuperior
c. superior
d. midsagittal
Answer:b
This is a _______ view.
a...
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  1. 1. Planes and Positions Most A&P courses, before delving into the good stuff, teach positions and planes. We’ve put together a quick guide to help you better understand them.
  2. 2. A description of any region or part of the body in a specific stance is called the anatomical position. In the anatomical position, the body is upright, directly facing the observer, feet flat and directed forward. The upper limbs are at the body’s sides with the palms facing forward. www.visiblebody.com
  3. 3. If the body is lying face up, it is in the supine position. If the body is lying face down, it is in the prone position. www.visiblebody.com
  4. 4. Directional terms are words used to describe the position of one body relative to another. Many directional terms are grouped in pairs that have opposite meanings (ex: anterior-posterior), or are grouped together to have combined meanings (ex: anterosuperior). www.visiblebody.com
  5. 5. Anterior view: At or near the front of the body. Posterior view: At or near the back of the body. Image Image www.visiblebody.com
  6. 6. Lateral: Away from midline Medial: Nearer to midline Midline: the imaginary line that divides the body into right and left halves. www.visiblebody.com
  7. 7. Superior view: Situated toward the head and further away from the feet; the upper part of a structure. www.visiblebody.com
  8. 8. Inferior view: Situated nearer to the feet than the head; the lower part of a structure. www.visiblebody.com
  9. 9. Deep Away from the surface of the body Superficial Close to the surface of the body www.visiblebody.com
  10. 10. Distal Farther from the origination of a structure. Proximal Nearer to the origination of a structure. www.visiblebody.com
  11. 11. When we study the parts of the body, we also study their relativity to planes. Planes are imaginary flat surfaces that pass through parts of the body. We also study parts of the body in sections, which are cuts along a certain plane. www.visiblebody.com
  12. 12. Frontal (coronal) plane: Divides the body into front and back portions. www.visiblebody.com
  13. 13. Tranverse plane: Divides the body into superior (upper) and inferior (lower) portions. www.visiblebody.com
  14. 14. Oblique plane: Passes through a structure or the entire body at an angle. www.visiblebody.com
  15. 15. Sagittal plane: Divides a structure or the body vertically into right or left portions. www.visiblebody.com
  16. 16. Review and Practice Okay, we’ve thrown a lot of terms at you over the course of this eBook. Time to see what you remember. Positions and directionals: Anterior: At or near the front of the body. Posterior: At or near the back of the body. Midline: Imaginary vertical line dividing the body equally. Superior: Toward the head, upper part of a structure. Inferior: Away from the head, lower part of a structure. Lateral: Farther from midline. Medial: Nearer to midline. Proximal: Nearer to the origination of a structure. Distal: Farther from the origination of a structure. Superficial: Close to the surface of the body. Deep: Away from the surface of the body. Commonly used planes: Frontal (or coronal): Divides the body into anterior (front) and posterior (back) portions. Transverse (or horizontal): Divides the body into superior (upper) and inferior (lower) portions. Sagittal: Divides the body vertically into right and left sides. Midsagittal: Divides the body vertically into equal right and left sides. Parasagittal: Divides the body vertically into unequal right and left sides. Oblique: Passes through the body at an angle.
  17. 17. This is a _______ view. a. posterosuperior b. anterosuperior c. superior d. midsagittal Answer:b This is a _______ view. a. frontal b. parasagittal c. midsagittal d. transverse Answer:d This is a _______ view. a. inferior back b. posteriosuperior c. posterioinferior d. midline Answer:c www.visiblebody.com
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