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[prok-suh-muh l]
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  1. 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
Related formsprox·i·mal·ly, adverbin·ter·prox·i·mal, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Paired tentacles short, proximally thick and convexly bulging, abruptly narrowed to an acute tip with incurving sides.

    Journal of Entomology and Zoology, Vol. 11. No. 1.


  • One or two brown spots are present proximally on the shanks in most specimens.

British Dictionary definitions for proximally


  1. anatomy situated close to the centre, median line, or point of attachment or originCompare distal
  2. another word for proximate
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Derived Formsproximally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for proximally



1727, from Latin proximus "nearest, next" (see proximity) + -al (1). Related: Proximally.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

proximally in Medicine


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