Topology/Topography Discussion

Sun, 26 May 2002 17:23:58 -0400

Here are some definitions of terms that I believe should help in the reading. I had trouble with them, and thus I looked up the terms, expecting some others also to have trouble.

Topographic: Derived from topography. In terms of anatomy, this refers to physical relationships of regions based upon their current state, i.e. adult locations. For example, medial versus lateral part of a structure seen in adult sectional anatomy.

Topological: Derived from topology. In terms of anatomy, this refers to physical relationships of regions based upon their history, i.e. developmental history.

Hodological: Derived from hodographic. In terms of anatomy, I think that this refers to a perceived or known relationship that is not necessarily topographic or topological.

Please help, if I have gotten these terms wrong or if anyone can better summarize them briefly.