Wild Tiger Health Project
Created by Dr John C M Lewis

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Basic anatomical direction terms

These terms are used when describing the position of a body part. For example: The lateral side of a leg is towards the outer surface, whereas the medial side is towards the inner surface or midline. 

CranialTowards the head
RostralTowards the muzzle
CaudalTowards the tail
DorsalTowards the back
VentralTowards the belly
MedialTowards the midline
LateralAway from the midline
ProximalUsed for structures in limbs & tail = closer to the body
DistalUsed for structures in limbs & tail = further from the body