Flank (anatomy)

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Surface lines of the front of the thorax and abdomen. (Latus labeled as "lumbar".)
Latin regio lateralis
Anatomical terminology

The flank or latus is the side of the body between the rib cage and the iliac bone of the hip (below the rib cage and above the ilium).[1]

In some contexts, it is sometimes called the lumbar region.


  1. ^ Alberts, Daniel Albert; et al. (2012). Dorland's illustrated medical dictionary. (32nd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Saunders/Elsevier. p. 714. ISBN 978-1-4160-6257-8.