Origin of distal
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Examples from the Web for distally
The two jaws are articulated together, and the cartilages of the two sides composing them meet each other distally.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume III (of 4)
Francis Maitland Balfour
The four metacarpals are slightly expanded proximally and distally.
Distally the surface is rounded for articulation with the radiale and perhaps the intermedium.
Antenn, tentacular cirri and notocirri banded at base and distally with black.
Proboscis as protruded short, distally expanded over proximal region.
- anatomy (of a muscle, bone, limb, etc) situated farthest from the centre, median line, or point of attachment or originCompare proximal
C19: from distant + -al 1
Word Origin and History for distally
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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.