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distal

[dis-tl] /ˈdɪs tl/
adjective
1.
situated away from the point of origin or attachment, as of a limb or bone; terminal.
Compare proximal.
2.
Dentistry. directed away from the sagittal plane or midline of the face, along the dental arch.
Compare buccal (def 3), mesial (def 2).
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; dist(ant) + -al1
Related forms
distally, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for distal

distal

/ˈdɪstəl/
adjective
1.
(anatomy) (of a muscle, bone, limb, etc) situated farthest from the centre, median line, or point of attachment or origin Compare proximal
Derived Forms
distally, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from distant + -al1
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Word Origin and History for distal
adj.

1808, formed from distant + -al (1) on model of central, dorsal, ventral, etc.

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distal in Medicine

distal dis·tal (dĭs'təl)
adj.

  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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