Superior is a directional term used to describe a structure that is situated above relative to a specific reference point, as well as to describe a structure that is directed upwards, towards the vertex of the head.
Likewise, the prefix supra- indicates that a structure lies superior to another, such as the suprarenal glands that are found superior to the kidneys.
The directional term opposite of superior is inferior. For example, the heart lies superior to the stomach, while the stomach lies inferior to the heart.
Synonyms: Cranial, supra-
|Examples||Superior vena cava, Superior rectus muscle|
Now that you know what superior means, learn about the rest of the directional terms and body planes in the following study unit:
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