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distal

[dis-tl]
adjective
  1. situated away from the point of origin or attachment, as of a limb or bone; terminal.Compare proximal.
  2. Dentistry. directed away from the sagittal plane or midline of the face, along the dental arch.Compare buccal(def 3), mesial(def 2).
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Origin of distal

First recorded in 1800–10; dist(ant) + -al1
Related formsdis·tal·ly, adverb
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distal

adjective
  1. anatomy (of a muscle, bone, limb, etc) situated farthest from the centre, median line, or point of attachment or originCompare proximal
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Derived Formsdistally, adverb

Word Origin

C19: from distant + -al 1
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Word Origin and History for distal

adj.

1808, formed from distant + -al (1) on model of central, dorsal, ventral, etc.

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distal in Medicine

distal

(dĭstəl)
adj.
  1. Anatomically located far from a point of reference, such as an origin or a point of attachment.
  2. Situated farthest from the middle and front of the jaw, as a tooth or tooth surface.
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