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Peripheral

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.

References

Taber's Medical Dictionary Online website. www.tabers.com/tabersonline. Accessed March 7, 2019.

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  • Anatomical landmarks, back view - illustration

    There are three body views (front, back and side) that may be helpful if you are uncertain of a body area. Many areas are referred to by both descriptive and technical names. For example, the back of the knee is called the popliteal fossa. However, areas like the flank may not have both names, so the location may be unclear.

    Anatomical landmarks, back view

    illustration

  • Anatomical landmarks, front view - illustration

    There are three body views (front, back and side) that may be helpful if you are uncertain of a body area. Many areas are referred to by both descriptive and technical names. For example, the back of the knee is called the popliteal fossa. However, areas like the flank may not have both names, so the location may be unclear.

    Anatomical landmarks, front view

    illustration

  • Peripheral orientation - illustration

    Peripheral refers to away from the center of the body or body part.

    Peripheral orientation

    illustration

  • Anatomical landmarks, back view - illustration

    There are three body views (front, back and side) that may be helpful if you are uncertain of a body area. Many areas are referred to by both descriptive and technical names. For example, the back of the knee is called the popliteal fossa. However, areas like the flank may not have both names, so the location may be unclear.

    Anatomical landmarks, back view

    illustration

  • Anatomical landmarks, front view - illustration

    There are three body views (front, back and side) that may be helpful if you are uncertain of a body area. Many areas are referred to by both descriptive and technical names. For example, the back of the knee is called the popliteal fossa. However, areas like the flank may not have both names, so the location may be unclear.

    Anatomical landmarks, front view

    illustration

  • Peripheral orientation - illustration

    Peripheral refers to away from the center of the body or body part.

    Peripheral orientation

    illustration

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Review Date: 2/7/2019

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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