Definitions for proximalˈprɒk sə məl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

prox•i•malˈprɒk sə məl(adj.)

  1. situated toward the point of origin or attachment, as of a limb or bone.

    Category: Anatomy

    Ref: Compare distal (def. 1). 1

  2. of or designating the surface of a tooth nearest to a specified adjacent tooth.

    Category: Dentistry

  3. nearest; proximate.

Origin of proximal:

1720–30; < L proxim(us) next (superl. of prope near) + -al1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. proximal(adj)

    situated nearest to point of attachment or origin

    "the proximal end of a bone"


  1. proximal(Adjective)

    Closer to the point of attachment or observation.

  2. Origin: From Latin proximus, superlative form of prope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Proximal(adj)

    toward or nearest, as to a body, or center of motion of dependence; proximate

  2. Proximal(adj)

    situated near the point of attachment or origin; as, the proximal part of a limb

  3. Proximal(adj)

    of or pertaining to that which is proximal; as, the proximal bones of a limb. Opposed to distal


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