Medical Definition of Lean body mass

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Lean body mass: The mass of the body minus the fat (storage lipid). There are a number of methods for determining the lean body mass. Some of these methods require specialized equipment such as underwater weighing (hydrostatic weighing), BOD POD (a computerized chamber), and DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry). Other methods for determining the lean body mass are simple such as skin calipers and bioelectric impedance analysis (BIA).

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Reviewed on 12/21/2018

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