situated away from the point of origin or attachment, as of a limb or bone; terminal. Compare proximal.
Dentistry. directed away from the sagittal plane or midline of the face, along the dental arch. Compare buccal ( def 3 ), mesial ( def 2 ).

1800–10; dist(ant) + -al1

distally, adverb
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distal (ˈdɪstəl)
anatomy Compare proximal (of a muscle, bone, limb, etc) situated farthest from the centre, median line, or point of attachment or origin
[C19: from distant + -al1]

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1808, formed from distant on model of dorsal, ventral, etc.
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distal dis·tal (dĭs'təl)

  1. Anatomically located far from a point of reference, such as an origin or a point of attachment.

  2. Situated farthest from the middle and front of the jaw, as a tooth or tooth surface.

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