[ prok-suh-muh l ]
/ ˈprɒk sə məl /


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

Related forms

prox·i·mal·ly, adverbin·ter·prox·i·mal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for proximal


/ (ˈprɒksɪməl) /


anatomy situated close to the centre, median line, or point of attachment or originCompare distal
another word for proximate

Derived Forms

proximally, adverb
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Medicine definitions for proximal


[ prŏksə-məl ]


Nearer to a point of reference such as an origin, a point of attachment, or the midline of the body.
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