Anatomical terminology

When you are studying anatomy and physiology for your fitness instructor qualifications, sports therapy exams or even just for fun! It is a lot easier if you learn the following terms that are commonly used in anatomy textbooks.

Anatomical terminology

Anterior – in front, at the front of the body.

Posterior – behind, at the rear of the body.

Medial – towards the midline.

Inferior – the lowest aspect of a structure.

Lateral – away from the midline.

Superior – the upper aspect of a structure.

Sub – underneath.

Superficial – closer to the body surface.

Deep – further from the body surface.

Proximal – closer to the trunk.

Now try the Quiz below to see how many you remembered!

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