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Anatomical Term - Superficial


Updated November 22, 2005

Definition: In anatomy, superficial is a directional term that indicates one structure is located more externally than another, or closer to the surface of the body.

The opposite of superficial is deep. For example, the spine is deep in the body, while the skin is superficial. The term superficial is not limited to structures on the very outside of the body, such as the skin or eyes. It also refers to structures inside such as bones, muscles and more.

Created on November 21, 2005.
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