Demi-span as a measure of skeletal size

Ann Hum Biol. 1986 Sep-Oct;13(5):499-502. doi: 10.1080/03014468600008661.


Height and demi-span (sternal notch to finger roots with arm out-stretched laterally) were measured using standard procedures in 125 normal young to middle-aged European subjects. Highly significant correlations (r = 0.74) were obtained between the two variables. The reliability of all measurements was good. The standard deviation of the differences on retest was always less than +/- 0.5 cm. Demi-span is therefore a practical alternative measurement of skeletal size.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Body Constitution*
  • Body Height
  • Bone and Bones / anatomy & histology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sex Factors
  • Skeleton