Superficial (anatomic orientation)
On the surface or shallow, as opposed to deep. The skin is superficial to the muscles. The cornea is on the superficial surface of the eye. For a more complete listing of terms used in medicine for spatial orientation, please see the entry "Anatomic Orientation Terms."

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