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Definition of Superficial

Superficial: In anatomy, on the surface or shallow. As opposed to deep. The skin is superficial to the muscles. The cornea is on the superficial surface of the eye.

For a more complete listing of terms used in medicine for spatial orientation, please see the entry to "Anatomic Orientation Terms".

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

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