Peripheral

Definition

Peripheral means "away from the center." It refers to areas away from the center of the body or a body part.

For example, the hands are peripheral to the shoulder. The toes are peripheral to the knees.

Images

Anatomical landmarks adult – back
Anatomical landmarks adult - front
Peripheral orientation

References

Taber's Medical Dictionary Online website. www.tabers.com/tabersonline. Accessed April 26, 2021.

Review Date: 
1/16/2021
Reviewed By: 
Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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