Etymology
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distal (adj.)

in anatomy, "situated away from the center of the body; terminal, peripheral" (opposed to proximal), 1804, formed from distant (or distance) + -al (1) on model of central, dorsal, ventral, etc. Related: Distally.

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Definitions of distal

distal (adj.)
situated farthest from point of attachment or origin, as of a limb or bone;
distal (adj.)
directed away from the midline or mesial plane of the body;
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