Anatomy & Physiology Anatomical Positions and Terms

Superior
Above
Inferior
Below
Anterior
In front of
Posterior
Behind of
Medial
Between
Lateral
Beside
Proximal
Near the center of attachment
Distal
Away from the center of attachment
Superficial
Above the surface
Deep
Below the Surface
Ipsilateral
Same side
Contralateral
Opposite side
Transverse
Divides the body into superior and inferior parts
Sagittal
Divides the body into left and right halves
Frontal/Coronal
Divides the body into front and back