The Anatomical Position

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Original Author(s): Oliver Jones
Last updated: January 17, 2018
Revisions: 13

Original Author(s): Oliver Jones
Last updated: January 17, 2018
Revisions: 13

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The anatomical position is the central concept behind all descriptions of location within the body. It is similar to the position of the famous Vitruvian Man, although a little less exuberant! However, the basics are the same. Here is a general description:

  • A person standing upright, facing forward.
  • Arms straight and hands held by the hips, palms facing forward.
  • Feet parallel and toes pointing forward.
Fig 1.0 - The human anatomical position.

Fig 1.0 – The human anatomical position.