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proximal

proximal

adjective prox·i·mal \ˈpräk-sə-məl\

Definition of PROXIMAL

1
:  situated close to :  proximate
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
:  of, relating to, or being the mesial and distal surfaces of a tooth
prox·i·mal·ly \-mə-lē\ adverb

Origin of PROXIMAL

Latin proximus
First Known Use: 1727

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral

proximal

adjective prox·i·mal \ˈpräk-sə-məl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PROXIMAL

1
a :  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 1a b :  of, relating to, or being the mesial and distal surfaces of a tooth
2
:  sensory rather than physical or social <proximal stimuli>—compare distal 2
prox·i·mal·ly \-ē\ adverb

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