Inferior describes the point in the anatomical position that is nearer the foot end or lowest part of the body. For example, the knee is inferior to the hip.
In neuroanatomy, embryology and comparative anatomy the terms caudal and below are used interchangeably where the organism or embryo is not in, or has not taken up, the anatomical position.
Inferior must be contrasted with the adjective superior.
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