Medial

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.

Anatomical landmarks - back view

There are three body views (front, back and side) that may be helpful if you are uncertain of a body area. Many areas are referred to by both descriptive and technical names. For example, the back of the knee is called the popliteal fossa. However, areas like the flank may not have both names, so the location may be unclear.

Anatomical landmarks - front view

There are three body views (front, back and side) that may be helpful if you are uncertain of a body area. Many areas are referred to by both descriptive and technical names. For example, the back of the knee is called the popliteal fossa. However, areas like the flank may not have both names, so the location may be unclear.

Medial orientation

Medial orientation refers to a position toward the middle or center. For example, the big toe is medial to the second toe on the same foot.