prox·​i·​mal | \ ˈpräk-sə-məl How to pronounce proximal (audio) \

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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Other Words from proximal

proximally \ ˈpräk-​sə-​mə-​lē How to pronounce proximal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of proximal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Master recalls that this idea wasn’t exactly met with enthusiasm in the proximal space industry. Sarah Scoles, Wired, "There Are No Real Rules for Repairing Satellites in Space—Yet," 10 Dec. 2020 The most proximal market, according to investors, is probably the development of manufacturing in near-Earth orbit, on space stations. Clive Thompson, The New Republic, "Monetizing the Final Frontier," 3 Dec. 2020 The common element was that the sites were miles from the central business district but still (with the exception of Raleigh) proximal to a rail line. Conor Dougherty, New York Times, "The Capital of Sprawl Gets a Radically Car-Free Neighborhood," 31 Oct. 2020 Instead only the most distal ones are homologous to digit bones; the proximal radials are homologous to the wrist bones and the long bones of the palm. John A. Long, Scientific American, "How a 380-Million-Year-Old Fish Gave Us Fingers," 20 May 2020 Dallas’ depth took another hit Wednesday when the team announced that reserve forward Ryan Broekhoff suffered a fracture of the proximal head in his left fibula in the final minute of Sunday’s loss to the Lakers. Dallas News, "Amid signs of slippage, Mavericks return to Dallas with chance to address perhaps their most puzzling shortcoming," 1 Jan. 2020 There are two main types: an acute strain and a proximal hamstring tendinopathy, a chronic-overuse injury often related to improper movement patterns and muscle imbalances. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "7 Exercises for Stronger Hamstrings," 13 Sep. 2019 Still, care has to be proximal to a shelter for people to use it, physicians say. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "New York City Tries to Link Nexus of Doctors Serving the Homeless," 26 Jan. 2019 But with congenital radioulnar synostosis, a bony bridge forms between the two instead, connecting them together due to underdevelopment of the proximal joint, which connects the radius and ulna bones at the elbow. Sarah Valenzuela, SELF, "My Congenital Disorder Confuses a Lot of Trainers, So I Have to Be My Own Fitness Expert," 9 Nov. 2018

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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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The first known use of proximal was in 1727

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15 Dec 2020

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“Proximal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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prox·​i·​mal | \ ˈpräk-sə-məl How to pronounce proximal (audio) \

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 \ -​ē How to pronounce proximal (audio) \ adverb

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