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Median plane



(anatomy) A sagittal plane passing through the midline, dividing the body into left and right halves of equal proportion (i.e. in the case of bilateral symmetry).


In human body, a median plane is a sagittal plane passing through the midline structures such as the navel and spine.

Word origin: Latin, mediānus, in the middle.

Synonym: midsagittal plane.
Compare: parasagittal plane, sagittal plane.

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