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Median plane

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Locating structures in your body is one of the main components of anatomy. Learn all terms used to describe location in the human body.

The median or midsagittal plane, is one of the imaginary planes that intersect the body, dividing it into parts or 'slices'. 

The median plane is a vertical plane that passes through the midline of the body and bisects the body into two symmetrical halves: right and left. 

The term median is also used to describe a structure (artery, vein, nerve) that courses in the midline of a part of the body. For example, the median sacral artery runs roughly in the midline of the sacrum.

Terminology English: median
Latin: medianus
Synonyms: midsagittal, median sagittal
Examples Median sulcus of tongue, median sacral artery

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