Preface: Beware that Spanish (eg: los planos coronales) and Portuguese also derive from the Latin corona; so this question transcends English etymology.

The term is derived from Latin corona (“garland, crown”), from Ancient Greek κορώνη (korōnē, “garland, wreath”).

How does the crown relate to the front? Please expose and explain the hidden, missing semantic drifts and links. How should the etymology be interpreted, to connect the ulterior acceptation with the original meaning?

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    front – StoneyB on hiatus Sep 21 '15 at 23:57
  • @StoneyB Thanks. Anywhere particular to which you were referring? – NNOX Apps Sep 24 '15 at 17:05
  • That's a metaphor: imagine a sort of a narrow headband that goes from one ear across the top to the other ear, -- and you'll get your coronal plane. – Ivan Kapitonov Oct 22 '15 at 9:18

It more or less corresponds to the plane defined by the frontal bone. If you wear a garland or crown, that is where it sits.


A crown in head would define the horisontal plane. However, the coronal plane is same as frontal plane and as far as I know it is named by the coronal sutures (sutura coronalia) of the skull.

  • This post would benefit from citing reputable sources. – bytebuster Dec 15 '17 at 14:48

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