Medical Terminology Location Quiz

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Medical Terminology Location Quiz - Quiz

Quiz to establish learning about anatomical locations adapted from An Introduction to Medical Terminology by Andrew Hutton


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Select the correct answer to the statement below:The eyes are superior or inferior to the mouth

    • A.

      Superior

    • B.

      Inferior

    Correct Answer
    A. Superior
    Explanation
    The statement is asking about the comparison between the eyes and the mouth. The correct answer is "superior" because it means that the eyes are positioned above or higher than the mouth. This suggests that the eyes are considered to be higher in importance or value compared to the mouth.

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  • 2. 

    Select the correct answer to the statement below:The mouth is superior or inferior to the nose

    • A.

      Superior

    • B.

      Inferior

    Correct Answer
    B. Inferior
    Explanation
    The mouth is located below the nose on the face, making it inferior to the nose in terms of anatomical position.

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  • 3. 

    Select the correct answer to the statement below:The ear is medial or lateral to the eye

    • A.

      Medial

    • B.

      Lateral

    Correct Answer
    B. Lateral
    Explanation
    The correct answer is lateral because the term "lateral" refers to a position that is away from the midline of the body. In this case, the ear is located on the side of the head, away from the midline, while the eye is closer to the midline. Therefore, the ear is lateral to the eye.

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  • 4. 

    Select the correct answer to the statement below:The nostril is medial or lateral to the eye

    • A.

      Medial

    • B.

      Lateral

    Correct Answer
    A. Medial
    Explanation
    The correct answer is medial because the nostril is located closer to the midline of the face, towards the center, while the eye is located more towards the side or outer part of the face.

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  • 5. 

    Select the correct answer to the statement below:The umbilicus lies on the anterior or posterior surface of the abdomen

    • A.

      Anterior

    • B.

      Posterior

    Correct Answer
    A. Anterior
    Explanation
    The umbilicus, also known as the belly button, is located on the anterior surface of the abdomen. This means that it is positioned on the front side of the abdomen, facing forward.

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  • 6. 

    Select the correct answer to the statement below:The vertebrae lie close to the dorsal or ventral surface of the body

    • A.

      Ventral

    • B.

      Dorsal

    Correct Answer
    B. Dorsal
    Explanation
    The correct answer is dorsal. The statement is asking about the location of the vertebrae in relation to the dorsal or ventral surface of the body. The term "dorsal" refers to the back or upper side of the body, while "ventral" refers to the belly or lower side. Therefore, the vertebrae are closer to the dorsal surface of the body.

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  • 7. 

    Select the correct answer to the statement below:The wrist is proximal or distal to the elbow

    • A.

      Proximal

    • B.

      Distal

    Correct Answer
    B. Distal
    Explanation
    The wrist is distal to the elbow because it is located further away from the body's midline or reference point compared to the elbow. In anatomical terms, "distal" refers to a body part that is farther away from the point of attachment or origin, while "proximal" refers to a body part that is closer to the point of attachment or origin. Since the elbow is closer to the body's midline than the wrist, the correct answer is "distal".

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  • 8. 

    Select the correct answer to the statement below:The ribs are superficial or deep to the lungs

    • A.

      Deep

    • B.

      Superficial

    Correct Answer
    B. Superficial
    Explanation
    The correct answer is superficial. The term "superficial" refers to something that is closer to the surface or outer layer. In this case, the ribs are indeed closer to the surface of the body compared to the lungs, which are located deeper within the chest cavity.

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  • 9. 

    Select the correct answer to the statement below:The oesophagus is superior or  inferior to the stomach

    • A.

      Superior

    • B.

      Inferior

    Correct Answer
    A. Superior
    Explanation
    The oesophagus is positioned above or superior to the stomach in the human body.

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  • 10. 

    Select the correct answer to the statement below:The transverse colon is anterior or posterior to the ileum

    • A.

      Anterior

    • B.

      Posterior

    Correct Answer
    A. Anterior
    Explanation
    The transverse colon is located in the abdominal cavity and runs horizontally across the upper abdomen. It is positioned in front of or anterior to the ileum, which is the final section of the small intestine.

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