Definition of Peripheral

1. Noun. (computer science) electronic equipment connected by cable to the CPU of a computer. "Disk drives and printers are important peripherals"

2. Adjective. On or near an edge or constituting an outer boundary; the outer area. "Peripheral suburbs"
Similar to: Circumferential, Fringy, Marginal, Encircling, Skirting, Off-base
Antonyms: Central
Derivative terms: Periphery

3. Adjective. Related to the key issue but not of central importance. "Peripheral issues"
Similar to: Incident, Incidental

Definition of Peripheral

1. a. Of or pertaining to a periphery; constituting a periphery; peripheric.

Definition of Peripheral

1. Adjective. on the periphery or boundary ¹

2. Adjective. beside the point ¹

3. Adjective. unimportant ¹

4. Adjective. auxiliary ¹

5. Adjective. (neuroanatomy) a part of or located in the peripheral nervous system ¹

6. Noun. (computing) a device, such as a printer or scanner, connected to a computer ¹

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Definition of Peripheral

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Medical Definition of Peripheral

1. Pertaining to or situated at or near the periphery, situated away from a centre or central structure. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Peripheral

peripharyngeal space
peripheral (current term)
peripheral aneurysm
peripheral anterior synechia
peripheral arteriosclerosis
peripheral blood stem cell transplantation
peripheral brain
peripheral brains
peripheral cataract
peripheral chemoreceptor
peripheral device
peripheral devices
peripheral dysostosis
peripheral facial paralysis
peripheral glare
peripheral lymphoid tissue

Literary usage of Peripheral

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1. Handbook of Severe Disability: A Text for Rehabilitation Counselors, Other edited by Walter C. Stolov, Michael R. Clowers (2000)
"While not all of the paralyses are peripheral neuropathies, their contribution is large and there appears to be little dispute that the numbers are ..."

2. A Text Book of Physiology by Michael Foster (1891)
"The blood in fact meets with great difficulties in its passage through the peripheral region, and sometimes, as we shall see, the friction and resistance ..."

3. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans G√ľnther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"(d) Lesions Involving only (or chiefly) the peripheral Sensory Neurons in the Spinal Cord Under the influence of certain toxins, elective degenerations of ..."

4. A Text Book of Physiology by Michael Foster (1894)
"32. arterial system distend it, but the passage through the peripheral region is ... Now introduce 'peripheral resistance' by screwing up the clamps on the ..."

5. A Textbook of Physiology by Michael Foster (1888)
"The blood in fact meets with great difficulties in its passage through the peripheral region, and sometimes, as we shall see, the friction and resistance ..."

6. Psychological Review by American Psychological Association (1907)
"Her work, performed in this laboratory, suggested to the writers a research in which peripheral after-images should be observed with special reference to ..."

7. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History by American Museum of Natural History (1907)
"In the specimen examined there is a fontanel between the costal and the peripheral from 10 mm. to 23 mm. in height. On Fig. 3. ..."

8. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1903)
"Of interest to the student of anatomy. 3. peripheral Facial ... an occurrence which is frequent in paralysis of peripheral origin, but rather rare in that ..."

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