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Anterior

Ventral

Anterior means "in front of" or "the front surface of."

It usually refers to the front side of the body. For example, your knee caps are on the anterior part of your body.

References

Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Anterior. www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anterior. Accessed January 24, 2017.

    • Anatomical landmarks, front view

      Anatomical landmarks, front view - illustration

      There are three body views (front, back and side) that may be helpful if you are uncertain of a body area. Many areas are referred to by both descriptive and technical names. For example, the back of the knee is called the popliteal fossa. However, areas like the "flank" may not have both names, so the location may be unclear.

      Anatomical landmarks, front view

      illustration

      • Anatomical landmarks, front view

        Anatomical landmarks, front view - illustration

        There are three body views (front, back and side) that may be helpful if you are uncertain of a body area. Many areas are referred to by both descriptive and technical names. For example, the back of the knee is called the popliteal fossa. However, areas like the "flank" may not have both names, so the location may be unclear.

        Anatomical landmarks, front view

        illustration

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      Review Date: 12/10/2016

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