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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.

    • Anatomical landmarks, back view

      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

      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

      Peripheral orientation - illustration

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

      Peripheral orientation

      illustration

      • Anatomical landmarks, back view

        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

        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

        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

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