- situated toward the point of origin or attachment, as of a limb or bone.Compare distal(def 1).
Origin of proximal
1720–30; < Latin proxim(us) next (superlative of prope near) + -al1
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Proximal: that part of an appendage nearest the body: see distal.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
From the dentated edges arise numerous verticillate branches, the proximal ends of which are thickly ramified.
Form of the pores irregular, roundish, bars between them in the distal part smaller, in the proximal part larger than the pores.
Spines in the proximal half compressed, broad lanceolate, four to six times as broad as in the thin cylindrical distal half.
The lower or proximal apophyses are thick, simple, all slightly curved; they are equidistant from the former and from the centre.
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Word Origin and History for proximal
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Nearer to a point of reference such as an origin, a point of attachment, or the midline of the body.
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