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Calipers, Skinfold

Definition : Calipers designed for assessing body fat in subcutaneous adipose tissue by measuring the thickness of folds of skin gathered at various areas of the body. These calipers are either manually operated, handheld instruments with an auxiliary graduated scale to facilitate fine adjustment, increasing accuracy of the measurement, or electronic instruments that can process and display the information based on algorithms. Skinfold calipers are used mainly to measure the skinfold on the posterior aspect of the upper arm; measurements are also frequently performed on the thighs or back or over the lower ribs.

Entry Terms : "Calipers, Body Fat" , "Body Fat Calipers" , "Skinfold Calipers" , "Calipers, Fat" , "Fat Calipers"

UMDC code : 16376

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