[ prok-suh-muhl ]
See synonyms for proximal on
  1. 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

Other words from proximal

  • prox·i·mal·ly, adverb
  • in·ter·prox·i·mal, adjective

Words Nearby proximal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use proximal in a sentence

  • Only the proximal regions of the plates become split in this way, while their peripheral parts remain quite intact.

  • A crest is never developed at the proximal end, like that seen in the Guillemot and Diver and other water birds.

    Dragons of the Air | H. G. Seeley
  • Lizards, too, usually have three bones in the proximal row and five smaller bones in the distal row.

    Dragons of the Air | H. G. Seeley
  • The width of a proximal carpal rarely exceeds two inches, and that of a distal carpal is about an inch and three-quarters.

    Dragons of the Air | H. G. Seeley

British Dictionary definitions for proximal


/ (ˈprɒksɪməl) /

  1. anatomy situated close to the centre, median line, or point of attachment or origin: Compare distal

  2. another word for proximate

Derived forms of proximal

  • proximally, adverb

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