Lateral

Definition

Lateral means to the side of, or away from, the middle of the body.

Examples:

  • The ears are lateral to the nose.
  • The arms are lateral to the chest.

Images

Anatomical landmarks, side view
Lateral orientation

References

Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Lateral. www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lateral. Accessed January 24, 2017.

Review Date: 
12/10/2016
Reviewed By: 
Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.