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Definition of Calipers

Calipers: A metal or plastic tool similar to a compass used to measure the diameter of an object. The skin fold thickness in several parts of the body can be measured with skin calipers to determine the lean body mass.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 9/20/2012

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