Talk:Anatomical terms of motion

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Dorsiflexed hands[edit]

dorsiflexed hands as in the kind that cause RSI needs to be integrated someware. I'm making this note for any author interested to do that. Myself too much typing is something to be avoided. Nastajus 12:28, 16 June 2006 (UTC)

"Apposition" vs opposition[edit]

With reference to apposition being a motion associated with thumb grasping; this should read opposition. Apposition is a literary technique. For reference, consider the opponens pollicis muscle, involved in this motion. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:14, 19 October 2010 (UTC)


A better-written and more scholarly article on the same topic exists at Human anatomical terms, but it also covers material Anatomical terms of location. In my opinion, the best parts of this article and Anatomical terms of location ought to be merged into Human anatomical terms. Sarah crane 22:34, 11 August 2006 (UTC)

I disagree, simply because the study of flexors/extensors, etc also applies to other animals, all the way down to arthropods. -Emily Vogt, 01 Nov 2006

I also disagree. The organization of this article is complex, but nice; it would be more difficult if it did not stand alone. Also it goes beyond just humans. Myron 04:23, 9 November 2006 (UTC)

mention of internal/external rotation[edit]

I've only briefly scanned through the articles I could find on anatomical terms etc but I've not seen any mention of internal/external rotation (as referred to extensively in discussions on the lower limb in particular)

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I believe the sections should not be merged, because they are already quite information-dense. A merged article would become unreadable.

I was looking for specifics on kinesiology, which is how I wound up here. I am a teacher who focuses on learning styles at the beginning of each semester to help my developing freshman college students to figure out how to learn better. If I had been sent to the Anatomical terms of motion section, as I would be if Kinesiology is merged here, I would not find this helpful at all in instructing my students. As it is, my background allows me to adjust the information to my needs. Thank you for listening. --Bonnie Hsia —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:05, 15 October 2007 (UTC)

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The Anatomical terms of location page has been thoroughly re-worked, it might be worth looking at both pages to see about a merge, wikilinking or duplication of information. WLU 16:49, 27 August 2007 (UTC)

Replace some images[edit]

LT910001 The large image in the section on special motions could be replaced with these smaller image. Currently several motions have multiple images in a way that feels superfluous.

Some of these images are clearer than the photographies, especially the inversion/eversion of the foot and opposition images. -- CFCF (talk · contribs · email) 08:01, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

Thanks. I am a bit of a visual learner myself, and feel that an image speaks a thousand words, particularly with Anatomy. For that reason, I've been trying to include multiple images of different types of motion in normal circumstances, as I feel it is much easier to understand anatomy with images attached. That said I have had to make do with some pretty poor images and agree we should only include images of high quality (the thong images come to mind almost immediately!). With your chopped-up images, I'll get to work immediately replacing them. --LT910001 (talk) 04:49, 19 March 2014 (UTC)

A few other classes of motion?[edit]

I was thinking of adding some material to the text of the article, but thought that I would discuss some points first. If what I say stimulates you to write something yourself, please do not let the fact that I have mentioned it first inhibit you from pre-empting; I do not have any text cut and dried.

1: The lede says that "Muscles drive all the movements in the human body..."; this is ultimately largely true, though there are a few exceptions such as osmotic effects, but even ignoring those exceptions, there are some important intermediate effects, such as inflation and elasticity. It seems to me that something of the type should be given appropriate attention. 2: What about some words such as de/inflation, invagination and evagination, extrusion, intrusion, peristalsis. 3: We have reciprocal movement as back-and-forth motion, but what about balanced alternation of movement, such as the swaying of each of the body as the other side moves forward in walking? Isn't that a form of reciprocation? Whatever we call it, it is important in nature, whether in bipeds and tetrapods. 4: This article seems to be concentrated on human biology, but there are some types of locomotion that do not occur here; the motion of Gastropoda for example. Does anyone know which lacunae deserve attention either here or in other articles? Comments please? JonRichfield (talk) 19:32, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

Hi, you bring up excellent points.
  1. This should be corrected, and inflation and elasticity should be mentioned. (I've changed from all to many.)
  2. This article focuses on human anatomical terms of motion, and if we want to add any other non-human motions they should go under a Other animals section, at least so far. It is possible that this section can create a new article, but the human focus is to make the article coherent. I feel we should separate any non-human info, seeing as many are only looking for human-related info.
  3. Not knowledgeable on non-human anatomy, same answer as 2.
  4. Same.
-- CFCF (talk · contribs · email) 20:54, 12 April 2014 (UTC)
The article begins "Muscles drive many movements of the human body, both voluntary and involuntary..." and the title should reflect this, working "human" in somewhere. Obviously it is not much use for birds, snakes & fish etc. Anatomical terms of location is very different, aiming to cover at least all vertebrates (I can't judge how fully). Johnbod (talk) 21:56, 12 April 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for pointing this out. I agree, this article ought to include information about animal anatomy. Could include a separate "Motion in animals" section. As this is a FL candidate please cite what you include in the article and if possible add some relevant images consistent with the existing style. --LT910001 (talk) 22:45, 12 April 2014 (UTC)
I was thinking of just keeping the existing scope & changing the article title to reflect it. Opening up to animals would involve a lot of work; I think you'd have to pull out from the FL nomination until it was done. Johnbod (talk) 02:12, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

Why does "excycloduction" redirect here?[edit]

What does it mean? Not mentioned in article. (talk) 15:35, 16 September 2014 (UTC)