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

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proximally \ˈpräk-sə-mə-lē \ adverb

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One unfortunate by-product of these studies is a general misunderstanding of how extraordinarily good things are today relative to even the proximal past. Michael Hicks, Indianapolis Star, "Hicks: We've got it good, and we don't even know it," 24 June 2018 These range from random chance to more proximal causes, like specific weather patterns that promote drought or floods. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "NOAA recaps 2017’s near-biblical collection of weather extremes," 9 Jan. 2018 An open dislocation of the PIP (proximal interphalageal joint, the middle joint on the finger) is most common. Profootballdoc,, "Location of likely finger dislocation key to how effective Tom Brady will be in AFC title game," 18 Jan. 2018 That consists of cutting the tendon from its insertion into the shoulder and reattaching it to the proximal shoulder in a new location. Profootballdoc,, "It's about time Andrew Luck throws, seeks proven treatment," 17 Dec. 2017 The best-case scenario is a proximal long head of biceps tendon tear. Profootballdoc,, "UPDATED: Biceps injury might not even keep Stephon Tuitt out one game," 11 Sep. 2017 If the pain is persistent and doesn’t improve within 2 weeks when there is marked pain at the most proximal (Ischial tuberosity) since that’s where avulsion fractures occur., "Injury Analysis: Everything You Need to Know About Sadio Mane’s Hamstring in 1 Minute," 17 Oct. 2017 The limited video is more consistent with a proximal tear. Profootballdoc,, "UPDATED: Biceps injury might not even keep Stephon Tuitt out one game," 11 Sep. 2017 Penn State certainly has a proximal advantage in Central Pennsylvania and eastern communities including Philadelphia, while Pitt is surrounded by outstanding prep football in Western Pennsylvania. Tyler Donohue, ajc, "How Penn State and Pitt have fared on Pennsylvania recruiting turf during James Franklin era," 6 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of proximal

1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for proximal

Latin proximus

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prox·i·mal | \ˈpräk-sə-məl \

Medical Definition of proximal 

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 graftAnnual Review of Medicine especially : located toward the center of the body the proximal end of a bone — compare distal sense 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 sense 2

Other Words from proximal

proximally \ \ adverb

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