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anatomical planes
Anatomical planes

Anatomical planes are used in gross anatomy, clinical imaging and histology to define the direction of viewing in the standard anatomical position. The Carnegie Embryos shown in this category below have been sectioned in the coronal or frontal plane.

  • Coronal - (frontal plane) is any vertical plane that divides the body into ventral and dorsal sections.
  • Sagittal - vertical plane which passes from anterior to posterior, dividing the body into right and left halves. Midsagittal (median) plane is located in the midline, all other planes are parasagittal planes.
  • Transverse - (cross-section, horizontal plane, axial plane, or transaxial plane) is plane that divides the body into superior and inferior parts and is perpendicular to the coronal and sagittal planes.

Note the template word {{Coronal}} links to this category.

Links: ultrasound | Coronal | Sagittal | Transverse | axes formation

Cite this page: Hill, M.A. (2024, June 21) Embryology Coronal. Retrieved from

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