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anatomic position
A standard position of the body:
  • standing erect
  • facing directly forward
  • feet pointed forward and slightly apart
  • arms hanging down at the sides with the palms facing forward

This position is used as a reference to describe sites or motions of various parts of the body.

This entry is located in the following unit: Anatomy and Related Anatomical Terms (page 2)
anatomic zero joint position
The beginning point of a joint range of motion.
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Lagrangian position
1. One of a set of five positions at which a small object can maintain a stable orbit under the influence of two more massive objects.
2. A point in space at which a small body, under the gravitational influence of two large ones, will remain approximately at rest relative to them.

The existence of such points was deduced by the French mathematician and astronomer Joseph-Louis Lagrange in 1772.

In 1906, the first examples were discovered. These were minor planets moving in Jupiter’s orbit, under the influence of Jupiter and the sun.

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