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proximal

[prok-suh-muh l] /ˈprɒk sə məl/
adjective
1.
situated toward the point of origin or attachment, as of a limb or bone.
Compare distal (def 1).
Origin of proximal
1720-1730
1720-30; < Latin proxim(us) next (superlative of prope near) + -al1
Related forms
proximally, adverb
interproximal, adjective
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proximal

/ˈprɒksɪməl/
adjective
1.
(anatomy) situated close to the centre, median line, or point of attachment or origin Compare distal
2.
another word for proximate
Derived Forms
proximally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for proximal
adj.

1727, from Latin proximus "nearest, next" (see proximity) + -al (1). Related: Proximally.

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proximal in Medicine

proximal prox·i·mal (prŏk'sə-məl)
adj.
Nearer to a point of reference such as an origin, a point of attachment, or the midline of the body.

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