The Language of Anatomy

Word. I’m kinda worried that you want to get past
these basics and into the meat of it all. Hehe. literally the meat. But before you jump
ahead to muscles, just hang on, relax your basic sphincters, and take a little time to
learn some terms. You’ll be glad later. Your sphincters will be fine, and when we get to
muscles, they’ll be easy and fun. Let’s begin by making sure we understand the
words. You’ll get lost if you don’t know them. At first, you may have to think for a moment
to remember which means front and which means back, but when you can do it this fast, you
have it forever. If you need a quick reminder, I’ve created a list of anatomy terms at If you know the language of anatomy, you’ll
be able to figure out those long latin names, and you won’t have to say “What the heck is
Stan talking about?” Terms of Location Anterior describes something that is toward
the front of the body. Alternatively, posterior describes something that is toward the back
of the body. It also refers to the back of the hand, and top of the foot. Medial is something
located toward the middle of the body or away from the side. The opposite is Lateral. Something
that is toward the side of the body or away from the middle. Superior is toward the top
or above. And Inferior is toward the bottom, below. Distal refers mainly to the limbs and
describes something away from the center of the body. Alternatively, Proximal is something
closer to the center of the body. When I say that something is deep, I mean that it is
not visible on the surface. It’s covered with other volumes. However, superficial means
it is visible on the surface. And similarly, subcutaneous means just below the skin. Like
the bony landmarks. Thanks Skelly! For the full video on the Language of Anatomy,
head on over to The premium version shows an explanation of more terms
and has a downloadable PDF that you can print out.