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Common Anatomical Terms for Pre-Nursing and Pre-Med Students


Here is a list of most common anatomical terms that are most likely to be used by pre-nursing and pre-medical students. Most students encounter these terms in Human Anatomy and Physiology courses.

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cephalic – head

orbital – eye

otic – ear

buccal – cheek

cervical – neck

thoracic – chest

mammary – breast

abdominal – abdomen

umbilical – navel

mental – chin

axillary – armpit

brachial – arm

antecubital – front of elbow

antebrachial – forearm

carpal – wrist

palmar – palm

phalangeal – fingers or toes

pollex – thumb

patellar – knee

crural – leg

tarsal – ankle

hallux – great toe

pedal – foot

femoral – tigh

inguinal – groin

pubis – pubic

pelvic – pelvis

acromial – shoulder

dorsal – back

olecranal – elbow

lumbar – loin

gluteal – buttocks

popliteal – back of knee

sural – calf or back of leg

calcaneal – heel

plantar – sole of foot

cranial – skull

frontal – forehead

nasal – nose

manual – hand


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