Definitions for proximalˈprɒk sə məl
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
prox•i•malˈprɒk sə məl(adj.)
situated toward the point of origin or attachment, as of a limb or bone.
Ref: Compare distal (def. 1). 1
of or designating the surface of a tooth nearest to a specified adjacent tooth.
Origin of proximal:
1720–30; < L proxim(us) next (superl. of prope near) + -al1
situated nearest to point of attachment or origin
"the proximal end of a bone"
Closer to the point of attachment or observation.
Origin: From Latin proximus, superlative form of prope.
toward or nearest, as to a body, or center of motion of dependence; proximate
situated near the point of attachment or origin; as, the proximal part of a limb
of or pertaining to that which is proximal; as, the proximal bones of a limb. Opposed to distal
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