There are three cardinal planes of the body.
- Frontal (aka Coronal)
- Transverse (aka Horizontal)
Each plane divides space…
- The sagittal plane divides the body into right and left portions.
- The frontal plane divides the body into anterior and posterior portions.
- The transverse plane divides the body into upper (superior/proximal) and lower (inferior/distal) portions.
Any plane that is not perfectly sagittal, frontal, or transverse is an oblique plane.
And oblique plane is a combination of two or all three cardinal planes.
Note: Sagittal comes from the same root word as Sagittarius… meaning archer. We shoot an arrow from back to front, in the sagittal plane.