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proximal

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adjective prox·i·mal \ˈpräk-sə-məl\

Definition of proximal

  1. 1 :  situated close to :  proximate

  2. 2 :  next to or nearest the point of attachment or origin, a central point, or the point of view; especially :  located toward the center of the body — compare distal

  3. 3 :  of, relating to, or being the mesial and distal surfaces of a tooth

prox·i·mal·ly play \-mə-lē\ adverb


Origin of proximal

Latin proximus


First Known Use: 1727


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proximal

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adjective prox·i·mal \ˈpräk-sə-məl\

Medical Definition of proximal

  1. 1a:  situated next to or near the point of attachment or origin or a central point <the proximal was…better than the peripheral stump for a graft—Annual Review of Medicine>; especially :  located toward the center of the body <the proximal end of a bone>—compare distal 1ab:  of, relating to, or being the mesial and distal surfaces of a tooth

  2. 2:  sensory rather than physical or social <proximal stimuli>—compare distal 2

  3. prox·i·mal·ly \-ē\play adverb




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