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Skinfold Thickness MeSH Descriptor Data 2022


MeSH Heading
Skinfold Thickness
Tree Number(s)
E01.370.600.115.100.803
E05.041.124.803
G07.100.100.803
Unique ID
D012885
RDF Unique Identifier
http://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D012885
Scope Note
The measurement of subcutaneous fat located directly beneath the skin by grasping a fold of skin and subcutaneous fat between the thumb and forefinger and pulling it away from the underlying muscle tissue. The thickness of the double layer of skin and subcutaneous tissue is then read with a caliper. The five most frequently measured sites are the upper arm, below the scapula, above the hip bone, the abdomen, and the thigh. Its application is the determination of relative fatness, of changes in physical conditioning programs, and of the percentage of body fat in desirable body weight. (From McArdle, et al., Exercise Physiology, 2d ed, p496-8)
NLM Classification #
WB 286
Previous Indexing
Obesity (1966-1967)
Skin (1966-1967)
Public MeSH Note
73
History Note
73(68)
Date Established
1973/01/01
Date of Entry
1999/01/01
Revision Date
2009/07/06

No Qualifiers
Skinfold Thickness Preferred
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