Medical Dictionary


adj prox·i·mal \ˈpräk-sə-məl\

Medical Definition of PROXIMAL

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
:  sensory rather than physical or social <proximal stimuli>—compare distal 2
prox·i·mal·ly \-ē\ adverb
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