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Relating to, or located towards, the head of an animal.
Relating to, or located towards, the center of the main body.
In the case of an appendage, such as a limb, this is towards the point of attachment to the main body.
The joint and bones of an animal’s forelimb that correspond to the human wrist.
The joint and bones of an animal’s hind limb that correspond to the human ankle.
Located away from, the centre of the main body. In the case of an appendage, such as a limb, this is away from the point of attachment to the main body.
A line drawn from the distal point or end to the proximal point or end.
In the example of a limb of a cat or a dog, the most distal point is the tip of the claw, and the most proximal point is the point of attachment of the limb to the main body of the animal.
The (imaginary) line drawn from the dorsal surface to the plantar surface of the hind foot.
With reference to the feet of a dog or cat, the upper side is dorsal, and the underside is plantar.
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Relating to, or located towards, the tail of an animal.
With reference to the limbs, caudal (and its opposite
) are only used to describe the portion of the limb that is
) and the
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