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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.

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Anatomical landmarks, back viewAnatomical landmarks, front viewPeripheral orientation

References

Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary. 23rd ed. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. www.tabers.com/tabersonline/. Accessed January 27, 2017.