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.
Taber's Medical Dictionary Online website.
Last reviewed on: 2/7/2019
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.