Anatomical Planes Of The Body

Many specimens in anatomy are sectioned so that the interior of the organ or region can be examined. It is important that the direction of the cut is known so that the proper orientation of the specimen is known. A heart looks very different if it is cut along its length as opposed to horizontally. A horizontal cut is known as a transverse section or a cross section. A cut that divides the body or an organ into anterior and posterior parts is a coronal section or frontal section. One that divides the structure into left and right parts is a sagittal section. If the body is divided directly down the middle the section is known as a midsagittal section. A midsagittal section is usually reserved for dividing the body into to equal left and right parts. If an organ (such as the eye) is sectioned into two equal parts such that there is a left and right half then this is known as a median section. Label the illustrations and color in the appropriate planes.

Label Body PlanesWood Labeled BiologyTransverse Section Spinal CordTransverse Section The Spinal Cord

Answer Key: a. Frontal (coronal) plane, b. Transverse (cross-section) plane, c. Median (midsagittal) plane

The human body can be studied at different levels. Organs such as the stomach can be grouped into organ systems (digestive system) or can be studied on a smaller scale like the cellular level. The ranking of these levels is called a hierarchy. The smallest organizational unit is the atom. Individual atoms are grouped into larger structures called molecules.

These in turn make up organelles, which are part of a larger, more complicated systems called cells. Cells are the structural and functional units of life. Cells are clustered into tissues. Organs are discreet units made up of two or more tissues and organs are grouped into organ systems that compose the organism. Label the levels of the hierarchy and color each item a different color.

Coloring Individual Cell Organelles
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Cells Tissues And Organs
Answer Key: a. Organism (human), b. Organ system (respiratory system) c. Organ (lung), d. Tissue (epithelium), e. Organelle (cilia), f. Molecule, g. Atom, h. cells


In anatomy the abdomen is divided into nine regions. Write the names of the regions in the spaces indicated. Color both the left and right hypochondriac regions in light blue. Hypochondriac means "below the cartilage." The common use of the word (someone who thinks they are sick all the time) reflects the Greek origin of the word as the ancient Greeks considered the region to be the center of sadness. Inferior to the hypochondriac regions are the lumbar or lateral abdominal regions. These are commonly known as the "love handles." Use yellow for these regions. Below the lumbar regions are the inguinal or iliac regions. You should color in these regions with the same shade of green. In the middle of the abdomen is the umbilical region. Color this region in red. Above this is the epigastric region (epi = above and gastric = stomach). Color this region in purple. Below the umbilical region is the hypogastric region (hypo = below). Color this region in a darker blue.

Abdominal Quadrants And Regions Images

In clinical settings a quadrant approach is used. Write the names of the regions (right upper quadrant, left upper quadrant, right lower quadrant, left lower quadrant) in the spaces provided. Color each quadrant a different color.

Answer Key: a Right hypochondriac, b. Right lumbar (lateral abdominal), c. Umbilical, d. Right inguinal or iliac, e. Epigastric, f. Left hypochondriac, g. Left lumbar (lateral abdominal), h. Left inguinal or iliac, i. Hypogastric, ). Left upper quadrant, k. Right upper quadrant, I. Left lower quadrant, m. Right lower quadrant

Human Anatomy Upper Left Abdomen
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  • helen ray
    Which organs in hypogasric region?
    8 years ago
    What organs are in what quadrant?
    8 years ago
    What is the umbilical region?
    8 years ago
  • marty
    Which region is lateral to the umbilical region?
    7 years ago
    What is on the interior umbilical region of the body?
    7 years ago
  • lena
    What are the anatomical planes of the body?
    7 years ago
  • johanna kunze
    Is a part of the umbilical cord left in the body?
    7 years ago
  • ronald
    When viewing an anatomical cross section of body tissue, the cut is along a?
    7 years ago
  • zach
    What plane of the body are the spinal cord and brain?
    6 years ago
  • ambrogino
    Where is left inferior posterior lumbar region on human body?
    5 years ago
  • taija koskinen
    Can frontal plane shows cross section of a body organ?
    5 years ago
  • rosa
    What lumbar vertebrae is at umbilical plane?
    4 years ago
    How is brain related to spinal cord using anatomical position?
    4 years ago
  • lukas
    What anatomical plane is the spinal cord in?
    5 months ago

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