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above, in an upward direction

superior

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below, in a downward direction

inferior

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in front of or before

anterior

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toward the back

posterior

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toward the head

cephalad

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pertaining to the skull

cranial

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toward the midline

medial

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to the side

lateral

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nearest the point of attatchment

proximal

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away from the point of attatchment

distal

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the same as anterior, the front side

ventral

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the same as posterior, the back side

dorsal

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toward the surface

superficial

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far down from the surface

deep

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the top or highest point

vertex

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the pointed end of a cone-shaped structure

apex

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pertaining to the tail

caudal

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the body is laying face upward

supine

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the body is laying face downward

prone

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the plane that vertically divides the body as it passes through the midline to form right and left sides

saggital

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the plane that horizontally divides the body into superior and inferior portions

transverse

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the plane that divides the body in to anterior and posterior portions

coronal or frontal