Median plane

Median plane
Median plane
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Surface lines of the front of the thorax and abdomen.
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Human anatomy planes. (Median plane is a sagittal plane.)
Latin planum medianum

The median plane is a Midsagittal plane which bisects the body vertically through the navel, dividing the body exactly in left and right side. Sagittal plane is any plane parallel to the median plane.

It is one of the lines used to define the right upper quadrant of the human abdomen.

The midsternal line can be interpreted as a segment of the median plane.


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  • Median plane — Median Me di*an (m[=e] d[i^]*an), a. [L. medianus, fr. medius middle. See {Medial}.] 1. Being in the middle; running through the middle; as, a median groove. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) Situated in the middle; lying in a plane dividing a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • median plane — n MIDSAGITTAL PLANE * * * planum medianum …   Medical dictionary

  • median plane — noun : mesial plane * * * Anat. a vertical plane that divides an organism into symmetrical halves …   Useful english dictionary

  • median plane — Anat. a vertical plane that divides an organism into symmetrical halves. * * * …   Universalium

  • median plane — noun The only plane along which the human body is roughly symmetrical, running from the top to the bottom through navel, separating the left and the right hand …   Wiktionary

  • Median — Me di*an (m[=e] d[i^]*an), a. [L. medianus, fr. medius middle. See {Medial}.] 1. Being in the middle; running through the middle; as, a median groove. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) Situated in the middle; lying in a plane dividing a bilateral… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Median line — Median Me di*an (m[=e] d[i^]*an), a. [L. medianus, fr. medius middle. See {Medial}.] 1. Being in the middle; running through the middle; as, a median groove. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) Situated in the middle; lying in a plane dividing a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Median point — Median Me di*an (m[=e] d[i^]*an), a. [L. medianus, fr. medius middle. See {Medial}.] 1. Being in the middle; running through the middle; as, a median groove. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) Situated in the middle; lying in a plane dividing a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • median — 1. Central; middle; lying in the midline. SYN: medianus. 2. The middle value in a set of measurements; like the mean, a measure of central tendency. [L. medianus, middle] * * * me·di·an mēd ē ən n 1) a medial part (as a vein or nerve) 2 a) a… …   Medical dictionary

  • median — 1. noun a) A central vein or nerve, especially the median vein or median nerve running through the forearm and arm. Why is not our jugular or throat veine as much at our command as the mediane ? b) The quantity or value at the midpoint of a set… …   Wiktionary

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