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.
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