periphery


pe·riph·ery

noun \pə-ˈri-f(ə-)rē\

: the outside edge of an area : the area that surrounds a place or thing

plural -er·ies

Full Definition of PERIPHERY

1
:  the perimeter of a circle or other closed curve; also :  the perimeter of a polygon
2
:  the external boundary or surface of a body
3
a :  the outward bounds of something as distinguished from its internal regions or center :  confines
b :  an area lying beyond the strict limits of a thing

Examples of PERIPHERY

  1. <the dogs are confined by an invisible electronic fence that runs along the periphery of the yard>

Origin of PERIPHERY

Middle French peripherie, from Late Latin peripheria, from Greek periphereia, from peripherein to carry around, from peri- + pherein to carry — more at bear
First Known Use: 1571

pe·riph·ery

noun \pə-ˈrif-(ə-)rē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural -er·ies

Medical Definition of PERIPHERY

1
: the outward bounds of something as distinguished from its internal regions or center
2
: the regions (as the sense organs, the muscles, or the viscera) in which nerves terminate

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