The term lateral is a directional term that is used to describe the position of a structure relative to the median plane and the sides of the body. More specifically, it describes how further away a structure is from the median plane of the body.
The term medial is the opposite of lateral, and denotes how close a structure is to the median plane of the body.
|Examples||Lateral malleolus, Lateral ventricle
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