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 proximally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of proximal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 This same study from the early 1990s noted increasing mortality for those suffering fractures at older ages, with those over the age of 90 facing 66 percent mortality in the year following proximal femur fractures. Farah Naz Khan, Vox, "Doctors are blasé about bone health and it’s leading to more broken bones in the elderly," 30 July 2018 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

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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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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 proximally (audio) \ adverb

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