Ventral (anatomic orientation)

Pertaining to the abdomen, as opposed to dorsal. Some of the ventral surfaces of the body are the chest, abdomen, shins, and palms of the hands. For a more complete listing of terms used in medicine for spatial orientation, please see the entry "Anatomic Orientation Terms."

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