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superficial

 [soo″per-fish´al]
situated on or near the surface.

su·per·fi·cial

(sū'pĕr-fi'shăl), [TA]
1. Situated nearer the surface of the body in relation to a specific reference point. Compare: profundus.
2. Cursory; not thorough. Synonym(s): superficialis [TA], sublimis (2)
[L. superficialis, fr. superficies, surface]

superficial

/su·per·fi·cial/ (-fish´al) pertaining to or situated near the surface.

superficial

[-fish′əl]
Etymology: L, superficies, surface
1 pertaining to the surface.
2 not grave or dangerous.

superficial

adjective Toward or near a surface; confined to or pertaining to a surface

su·per·fi·cial

(sū'pĕr-fish'ăl) [TA]
1. Cursory; not thorough.
2. Pertaining to or situated near the surface.
3. Synonym(s): superficialis.
[L. superficialis, fr. superficies, surface]

superficial

Near the surface.

superficial

on or near the surface, e.g. of an artery, vein or ovule.

superficial,

n 1., in massage therapy, external, or outer surface.
2., in psychotherapy, the primary use of such techniques as persuasion, counseling, reeducation, and inspiration. Also called
supportive psychotherapy or
suppressive psychotherapy.

su·per·fi·cial

(sū'pĕr-fish'ăl) [TA]
1. Situated nearer body surface in relation to specific reference point.
2. Cursory; not thorough.
[L. superficialis, fr. superficies, surface]

superficial

situated on or near the surface.

superficial necrolytic dermatitis
frequently associated with glucagon-secreting tumors of the pancreas and with cases of diabetes mellitus or chronic hepatitis; called also hepatocutaneous syndrome; lesions are erythematous, erosive, ulcerative and crusted with marked hyperkeratosis of the footpads.
superficial plexus skin
superficial pustular dermatitis
see superficial pustular dermatitis.