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Anatomic Directions Term Anterior (ventral) Posterior (dorsal) Medial Lateral Proximal Distal Superior Inferior Cranial (cephalad) Caudal Superficial (external) Deep (internal) Dictection Toward or at the front (belly) of the body Toward or at the back (dorsum) of the body Toward the midline of the body Toward the side of the body Nearer to the point of attachment or to a given reference point Farther from the point of attachment or from a given reference point above , in a higher position Below, in a lower position Toward the he