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Anthropometric Equipment and Instruments

What are Anthropometric Tools?

Anthropometric tools are instruments for the measurement of different parts of the body as muscle, bones, and adipose tissue or body fat. Sometimes the terminology of anthropometric equipment types can be confusing.  We've done our best to clarify terminology here. 

NutriActiva's mission is to improve access, quality, and style of anthropometry equipment around the world. 


An anthropometer is tool comprised of rods that can be configured for many body measurements.


Anthropometer may reference a small or large bone anthropometer

An anthropometer is a tool to measure the lengths of the human body. 

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Small Bone Anthropometer

(Small bone caliper, small sliding caliper)

A small bone anthropometer is a a sliding caliper usually between 140-200mm used to measure width of small bones, such as wrist, knee, elbow, ankle. 

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Large Bone Anthropometer

(Large bone caliper, large sliding caliper)

A large bone anthropometer is a sliding caliper usually with a range of 600mm used to measure large bones, such as shoulder width and chest depth.

Chest depth can also be measured by a breadth caliper. 

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Breadth Caliper 

(Spreading caliper, chest depth caliper)

 A breadth caliper measures the anterior-posterior chest depth, shoulder, and pelvis, usually has a range of 50cm / 20 inch.

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(Knee height caliper, flexible segmometer, rigid segmometeer, sliding broad- blade caliper)

A segmometer measures knee height and other bone lengths, such as forearm. It can also be used to locate the midpoint of upper arm for body test measurement

A segmometer is usually has a 3m range and is the size of a standard handheld tape measure for  easy transport. 

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Knee Height Caliper

(Segmometer, rigid segmometer, sliding broad-blade caliper)

A knee height caliper is a rigid sliding caliper with long jaws used to measure the distance fromt he bottom of the foot to the knee.  That measurement can be used to calculate height of persons not able to stand.  

Also see segmometer, which is more compact.  

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Anthropometry Kit

(Complete anthropometry kit)

An anthropometry kit is a collection of calipers and measurement instruments for complete anthropometric evaluation.  It usually includes a small bone and large bone anthropometer, a stadiometer, anthropometric tape measure, segmometer, and transport case. 

A complete kit usuallly includes a skinfold caliper as well.  

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Anthropometric Tape Measure

- Has a thin (6mm wide), flat, flexible steel blade with blank space before the zero (6-8cm), and uses the metric system, about 2 meters in length.

- To measure wrist, ankle, waist. 

Also for locating midpoint of upper arm for body fat testing. 

Anthropometric Tape Measures
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Skinfold Caliper

- Body fat caliper

A caliper with jaws that measure thickness of skinfolds, usually with a range of 60-100mm. 

- Measure skinfold thickness at multiple sites on the body in order to calculate body fat percentage.

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- Height Meter

A straight vertical meter usually 200-300cm in length. 

Used to measure height of a person standing up. 

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Anthropometric Bench 

An anthropometric bench is a wood bench used for anthropometric evaluations by having subjects in ideal, comfortable, and consistent positions.

Normally it has the size of the standards for anthropometric evaluation: 50x40x30 centimeters

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Dermographic Markers / Pencils

Dermographic Markers are made specifically for marking the skin during the measuring of anthropometric measurement and for easy removal.

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