Anatomical Directional Terms Crossword

Anatomical Directional Terms

Anatomical directional terms describe where one body part is compared to another. They are used to describe the location of pain, skin lesions, surgical location, and so forth.

Anatomical Position Medical Terminology Directional Terms Crossword

The terms are based on the anatomical position:

  • body erect
  • palm of hands forward
  • thumbs away from the body
  • feet slightly apart


An example of directional terms in use: Pain was felt in the posterior portion of the left leg and radiated to the distal lateral portion of the extremity.



Definitions of the terms used in the crossword are from: Exploring Medical Language, 11th Edition, Chapter 3 Directional Terms, Positions and Imaging



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