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Descriptor English: Skinfold Thickness
Descriptor Spanish: Grosor de los Pliegues Cutáneos
Descriptor Portuguese: Pregas Cutâneas
Descriptor French: Épaisseur du pli cutané
Entry term(s): Skinfold Thicknesses
Thickness, Skinfold
Thicknesses, Skinfold
Tree number(s): E01.370.600.115.100.803
E05.041.124.803
G07.100.100.803
SP6.011.042.048.069
RDF Unique Identifier: https://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)
Previous Indexing: Obesity (1966-1967)
Skin (1966-1967)
Public MeSH Note: 73
History Note: 73(68)
DeCS ID: 13266
Unique ID: D012885
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Date Established: 1973/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 2009/07/06
Skinfold Thickness - Preferred
Concept UI M0019946
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)
Preferred term Skinfold Thickness
Entry term(s) Skinfold Thicknesses
Thickness, Skinfold
Thicknesses, Skinfold



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