anterior cavity

larger body cavity located anterior to the posterior (dorsal) body cavity; includes the serous membrane lined pleural cavities for the lungs, pericardial cavity for the heart, and peritoneal cavity for the abdominal and pelvic organs; also referred to as ventral cavity


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