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Medial

Definition

Medial means toward the middle or center. It is the opposite of lateral. The term is used to describe general positions of body parts. For example, the chest is medial to the arm.

Your health care provider may use this term to clearly explain the relationship between things found during a physical exam or on medical tests.

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Anatomical landmarks, back viewAnatomical landmarks, front viewMedial orientation

References

Drake RL, Vogl AW, Mitchell AWM. The body. In: Drake RL, Vogl AW, Mitchell AWM, eds. Gray's Atlas of Anatomy. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone; 2015:chap 1.