Anatomical Body Direction Reference

Lateral is direction away from the midline of  the body
Medial is direction into  the midline of the body
Proximal is close to the joint or trunk
Distal is away from the joint or trunk
Anterior is in the front direction of the body
Posterior is in the back direction of the body

Images by BruceBlaus. When using this image in external sources it can be cited as:Blausen.com staff (2014). “Medical gallery of Blausen Medical 2014”. WikiJournal of Medicine 1 (2). DOI:10.15347/wjm/2014.010. ISSN 2002-4436. (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


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