There are terms which are used for describing cross-sections of human anatomy:

  • sagittal (dividing into left and right halves),
  • coronal (dividing into front and back halves) and
  • transverse (situated at right angles to the long axis)

I want to describe a mechanical system using similar terms. What are some general purpose synonyms?

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    Related: english.stackexchange.com/questions/400758/…, but I don't think a duplicate. Still, my bridge-engineering-based answer may be of use. – AndyT Sep 12 '17 at 10:35
  • @AndyT This is great. Actually this answers two of the 3 terms I was looking for. Thanks. – Foad Sep 12 '17 at 11:37
  • Medial cross sections through the X, Y, and Z axes (presuming these are defined for your model). – Davo Jan 10 '18 at 20:47
  • Port/starboard, foreward/aft, above/below...... – Spencer Mar 11 '18 at 21:17
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    @Spencer dorsal/ventral as well – John Feltz Aug 9 '18 at 12:04


something that has been cut in half so that you can see the inside.

Often used in engineering and mechanical drawings for describing inside of a system.

Cross-sectional views.

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    indeed, I have three different cross sections, but I don't want to define plains in my pictures. – Foad Sep 12 '17 at 10:08

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