The word 'lateral' is a position word, indicating the outer aspect of something.

 

An absolute or relative term

If one slaps one's thighs, that is the lateral aspect of the thigh. In contrast, where the thighs touch is the medial side. A structure can be lateral to another structure, ie more to the outer side. A lateral X-ray is one taken from the side.

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Useful knee words and derivations

This is a list to help readers develop their knee vocabulary.

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CLINICAL PUBLICATIONS

Lateral Collateral Ligament Injury About the Knee: Anatomy, Evaluation, and Management. Grawe B, Schroeder AJ, Kakazu R and Messer MS. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2018 Mar 15;26(6):e120-e127. doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-16-00028.


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