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.
Synonyms: Outer, external
|Examples||Peripheral nerves, peripheral vision
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