situated toward the point of origin or attachment, as of a limb or bone. Compare distal ( def 1 ).

1720–30; < Latin proxim(us) next (superlative of prope near) + -al1

proximally, adverb
interproximal, adjective Unabridged
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proximal (ˈprɒksɪməl)
1.  anatomy Compare distal situated close to the centre, median line, or point of attachment or origin
2.  another word for proximate

proximate or proximal (ˈprɒksɪmɪt)
1.  next or nearest in space or time
2.  very near; close
3.  immediately preceding or following in a series
4.  a less common word for approximate
[C16: from Late Latin proximāre to draw near, from Latin proximus next, from prope near]
proximal or proximal
[C16: from Late Latin proximāre to draw near, from Latin proximus next, from prope near]
'proximately or proximal
'proximateness or proximal
proxi'mation or proximal

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

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Example sentences
Use gas, and get extorted by proximal countries who control gas.
They tend to start walking but develop muscle weakness in the part of the limb
  closest to the trunk, the proximal muscles.
Often, weakness is first noted in the shoulder muscles and proximal leg muscles.
Our illusions regarding control cause us to dismiss the dangers of proximal
  risk and amplify those of distant and unlikely risks.
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