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Recommended video: Directional terms and body planes [10:35]
Locating structures in your body is one of the main components of anatomy. Learn all terms used to describe location in the human body.

Deep is a directional term that describes the position of a structure as away from the surface of the body. It also denotes a structure that is further away from the surface of the body when compared with another structure.

The opposite term of deep is superficial, which pertains to a structure that is closer to the surface of the body.

For example, the muscles are found deep to the surface of the body, but it can also be said that the muscles are superficial compared to the bones.

Terminology English: Deep
Latin: Profundus
Synonyms: Internal
Examples Deep muscles of the back, deep brachial artery

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