situated away from the point of origin or attachment, as of a limb or bone; terminal.Compare proximal. Dentistry. directed away from the sagittal plane or midline of the face, along the dental arch.Compare buccal(def 3), mesial(def 2).
Related formsdis·tal·ly, adverb
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Derived Formsdistally, adverb anatomy (of a muscle, bone, limb, etc) situated farthest from the centre, median line, or point of attachment or originCompare proximal
Word Origin for distal
C19: from distant + -al 1
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1808, formed from distant + -al (1) on model of central, dorsal, ventral, etc.
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Anatomically located far from a point of reference, such as an origin or a point of attachment.
Situated farthest from the middle and front of the jaw, as a tooth or tooth surface.
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