The Anatomical Position

Author: Oliver Jones

Last modified: November 10, 2013

Fig 1.0 - The human anatomical position.

Fig 1.0 – The human anatomical position.

The anatomical position is a principle used by those studying and teaching anatomy. It avoids ambiguity – all anatomical descriptions refer to one consistent position.

The human anatomical position consists of:

  • A person standing upright, ¬†facing forward,
  • Hands by side
  • Feet parallel and toes pointing forward.