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proximal

[ prok-suh-muhl ]
/ ˈprɒk sə məl /
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adjective
situated toward the point of origin or attachment, as of a limb or bone.Compare distal (def. 1).
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Origin of proximal

1720–30; <Latin proxim(us) next (superlative of prope near) + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM proximal

prox·i·mal·ly, adverbin·ter·prox·i·mal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for proximal

proximal
/ (ˈprɒksɪməl) /

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

Derived forms of proximal

proximally, adverb
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Medical definitions for proximal

proximal
[ prŏksə-məl ]

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