Coronal plane

The coronal plane (also known as the frontal plane) is an anatomical plane that divides the body into dorsal and ventral sections. It is perpendicular to the sagittal and transverse planes.

Coronal plane
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The main anatomical planes of the human body, including sagittal or median (red), parasagittal (yellow), frontal or coronal plane (blue) and transverse or axial plane (green)
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Latinplana coronalia
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Anatomical terminology

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The coronal plane is an example of a longitudinal plane. For a human, the mid-coronal plane would transect a standing body into two halves (front and back, or anterior and posterior) in an imaginary line that cuts through both shoulders. The description of the coronal plane applies to most animals as well as humans even though humans walk upright and the various planes are usually shown in the vertical orientation.[citation needed]

The sternal plane (planum sternale) is a coronal plane which transects the front of the sternum.[1]

EtymologyEdit

The term is derived from Latin corona ('garland, crown'), from Ancient Greek κορώνη (korōnē, 'garland, wreath'). The coronal plane is so-called because it lies in the direction of Coronal suture.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Definition: sternal plane from Online Medical Dictionary". Retrieved 2007-12-17.

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