situated toward the point of origin or attachment, as of a limb or bone.: Compare distal (def. 1).
- prox·i·mal·ly, adverb
- in·ter·prox·i·mal, adjective
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How to use proximal in a sentence
Furious downslope winds were also the proximal culprit in that disaster, but the unusually dry vegetation conditions facilitated the fire’s rapid spread in the first place.
The pandemic is surging nationally, not just proximal to biker chaos in South Dakota.Warnings About the Sturgis Rally Have Come Tragically True | Jasleen Arneja, Maia Majumder | August 26, 2021 | The Daily Beast
Everything is proximal though, so you can't go wrong choosing a different option.Nine Amazing Places To Skinny Dip Around The World | Erin Cunningham | September 21, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The proximal muscles, those close to the chest, will be the most severely impacted and experience the greatest weakness.‘Bucket List’ Baby Avery Canahuati: Facts About Spinal Muscular Atrophy | Andrew Carter | May 3, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
This investment completely surrounds the proximal portion of the posterior root, but vanishes near its distal extremity.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1 | Francis Maitland Balfour
Only the proximal regions of the plates become split in this way, while their peripheral parts remain quite intact.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1 | Francis Maitland Balfour
A crest is never developed at the proximal end, like that seen in the Guillemot and Diver and other water birds.
Lizards, too, usually have three bones in the proximal row and five smaller bones in the distal row.
The width of a proximal carpal rarely exceeds two inches, and that of a distal carpal is about an inch and three-quarters.
British Dictionary definitions for proximal
- proximally, adverb
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