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Recommended video: Directional terms and body planes [10:35]
Locating structures in your body is one of the main components of anatomy. Learn all terms used to describe location in the human body.

Peripheral is a directional term that describes the location of a structure as being away from the center of the body. It also refers to a structure that is situated on the edge in relation to the center of an organ or cavity.

The opposite term of peripheral is central, which denotes a structure that is positioned in the middle of the body, organ or cavity.

For example, the ribs are peripheral to the heart. As well, the limbs are peripheral to the trunk.

Terminology English: Peripheral
Latin: Periphericus
Outer, external
Examples Peripheral nerves, peripheral vision

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