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proximal (adj.)

1727, "nearest, next," from Latin proximus "nearest, next" (see proximity) + -al (1). In biological sciences, "situated near the center of the body," 1803, opposed to distal or extremital. Related: Proximally.

updated on January 01, 2021

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Definitions of proximal from WordNet

proximal (adj.)
situated nearest to point of attachment or origin;
the proximal end of a bone
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