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1 ANATOMICAL POSITIONS

2 Anatomical Position Anatomical position Body erect with feet together Arms at side with palms forward The anatomical position is the common visual reference point

3 Anatomical Position The terms right and left always refer to the person, cadaver, or skeleton being viewed and are not the viewers right and left.

4 Directional and Regional terms There are two fundamental divisions of our body Axial Head, Neck Trunk Appendicular Shoulder / Arm Pelvis / Leg

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6 Directional Terms Superior Toward the head end or upper part of a structure or the body Inferior Away from the head end or toward the lower part of a structure or the body

7 Directional Terms  Anterior  Toward or at the front of the body  Ventral  Posterior  Toward the back of the body; behind  Dorsal

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9 Directional Terms Medial Toward or at the midline of the body Lateral Away from the midline of the body Intermediate Between a more medial and a more lateral structure

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11 Directional Terms Proximal Closer to the origin of the body part, or the point of attachment of a limb to the body trunk Distal Farther from the origin of a body part or the point of attachment of a limb to the body trunk

12 Directional Terms Superficial Toward or at the body surface Deep Away from the body surface; more internal

13 Superficial Deep Ipsilateral Contralateral

14 © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. Body Planes and Sections Body plane Flat surface along which body or structure may be cut for anatomical study Sections Cuts or sections made along a body plane

15 Body Planes and Sections The most frequently used body planes are sagittal, frontal and transverse which are at right angles to each other A section bears the name of the plane along which it is cut

16 Body Planes The frontal plane divides the body into anterior and posterior sections Also called a coronal when referencing the head

17 Body Planes A transverse plane runs horizontally and divides the body into superior and inferior sections Transverse sections are also called cross sections

18 Body Planes The sagittal plane lies vertically and divides the body into right and left parts If the sagittal plane lies exactly at midline and it is referred to as the median or midsagittal plane Parasagittal Plane is the division that is no on the midline

19 Body Planes Cuts made along any plane that lies diagonally between horizontal and vertical are called oblique sections Oblique sections are rarely used because normal planes of reference are not evident

20 © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. Body Cavities Two sets of internal body cavities Closed to environment Provide different degrees of protection to organs Dorsal body cavity Ventral body cavity

21 Body cavities  Dorsal body cavity is divided into a cranial cavity which encases the brain, and the vertebral cavity which encases the spinal cord

22 Body cavities  The ventral body cavity houses the visceral organs  The ventral body cavity is divided into the thoracic, abdominal, and pelvic cavities

23 Thoracic Cavity The thoracic cavity is surrounded by the ribs and muscles of the chest It is further divided into Pleural cavities Mediastinum Pericardial

24 © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. Ventral Body Cavity Thoracic cavity subdivisions Two pleural cavities Each houses a lung Mediastinum Contains pericardial cavity Surrounds thoracic organs Pericardial cavity Encloses heart

25 Abdominopelvic Cavity  Abdominopelvic cavity lies below the diaphragm  It is further divided into..  Abdominal cavity  Stomach, intestines, spleen, liver  Pelvic cavity  Bladder, rectum, and some reproductive organs

26 © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. Membranes in Ventral Body Cavity Serous membrane or serosa Thin, double-layered membranes Parietal serosa lines internal body cavity walls Visceral serosa covers internal organs (viscera) Layers separated by slit-like cavity filled with serous fluid Fluid secreted by both layers of membrane

27 © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. Serous Membranes Named for specific cavity and organs with which associated Each has parietal and visceral layers Pericardium Heart Pleurae Lungs Peritoneum Abdominopelvic cavity

28 Serous or Pleural Cavities  Serous or pleural cavities are open cavities but rather slit-like in appearance and dimension  The cavities contain a small volume of a serous fluid secreted by the membranes  The serous fluid allows the visceral organs to slide with little friction during routine function

29 Pericardial Cavity The parietal pericardium is the outer lining The visceral pericardium clings to the heart


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