# On which side of the body may we see the navel?

Feb 20, 2018

The navel is on the $\text{ventral}$ (front) side of the body.

This is also called the $\text{anterior}$ side of the body.

#### Explanation:

The navel is located on the $\text{ventral}$ (front) side of the body.

The word $\text{ventral}$ comes from the word "venter," meaning the belly or abdomen.

Here is how dictionary.com defines $\text{ventral:}$

ventral
1. of or relating to the venter or belly; abdominal.

2.Anatomy, Zoology.
situated on or toward the lower, abdominal plane of the body; equivalent to the front, or anterior, in humans.
http://www.dictionary.com/browse/ventral

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Here's an image showing the directional references of the body

https://pictures.doccheck.com/com/photo/44515-anatomy-directional-references

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• The opposite of $\text{anterior}$ (front) is $\text{posterior}$ (behind).

$\text{Ventral}$ is the opposite of $\text{dorsal}$ (the back).

This is called the $\text{dorsal}$ fin because it's on the shark's back