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Transverse plane

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Transverse plane
Diagram showing the three major planes of the body.
Latin plana transversalia
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Anatomical terminology

The transverse plane (also called the horizontal plane, axial plane, or transaxial plane) is an imaginary plane that divides the body into superior and inferior parts. It is perpendicular to the coronal and sagittal planes.

It is one of the planes of the body used to describe the location of body parts in relation to each other. The other two commonly used terms are the coronal plane and the sagittal plane.

List of clinically relevant anatomical planes

Clinically relevant anatomical planes with associated structures

  • The subcostal plane
    • Transverse plane through the inferior border of costal margin;
    • Typically located at the superior border of L3, or transects L3;
  • The umbilical plane (or transumbilical plane)
    • Located at the level of L3/L4 vertebral junction or IV disc;

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