Glossary of Directional Terms
anterior – Towards the front of the body.
deep/internal – Away from the surface of the body.
distal – Towards the end of a structure.
inferior – Towards the ground.
lateral – The direction from the midline to the outer border of the body.
medial – The direction from the outer border of the body towards the midline.
posterior – Towards the back of the body.
proximal – Towards the beginning of a structure.
superficial/external – Towards the surface of the body.
superior – Towards the sky.