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, back view
Anatomical landmarks, front view
Peripheral orientation

References

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

Review Date: 
1/26/2017
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.