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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 adult – back

    Anatomical landmarks adult – back - illustration

    There are three body views (front, back, and side) that can help you to identify a specific body area. The labels show areas of the body which are identified either by anatomical or by common names. For example, the back of the knee is called the “popliteal fossa,” while the “flank” is an area on the side of the body.

    Anatomical landmarks adult – back

    illustration

  • Anatomical landmarks adult - front

    Anatomical landmarks adult - front - illustration

    There are three body views (front, back, and side) that can help you to identify a specific body area. The labels show areas of the body which are identified either by anatomical or by common names. For example, the back of the knee is called the “popliteal fossa,” while the “flank” is an area on the side of the body.

    Anatomical landmarks adult - front

    illustration

  • Peripheral orientation

    Peripheral orientation - illustration

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

    Peripheral orientation

    illustration

    • Anatomical landmarks adult – back

      Anatomical landmarks adult – back - illustration

      There are three body views (front, back, and side) that can help you to identify a specific body area. The labels show areas of the body which are identified either by anatomical or by common names. For example, the back of the knee is called the “popliteal fossa,” while the “flank” is an area on the side of the body.

      Anatomical landmarks adult – back

      illustration

    • Anatomical landmarks adult - front

      Anatomical landmarks adult - front - illustration

      There are three body views (front, back, and side) that can help you to identify a specific body area. The labels show areas of the body which are identified either by anatomical or by common names. For example, the back of the knee is called the “popliteal fossa,” while the “flank” is an area on the side of the body.

      Anatomical landmarks adult - front

      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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