Lateral means to the side of, or away from, the middle of the body.
- The ears are lateral to the nose.
- The arms are lateral to the chest.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Lateral.
Last reviewed on: 10/10/2020
Reviewed by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.