[prok-suh-muh l] /ˈprɒk sə məl/

situated toward the point of origin or attachment, as of a limb or bone.
Compare (def 1).
(anatomy) situated close to the centre, median line, or point of attachment or origin Compare distal
another word for proximate

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

interproximal in·ter·prox·i·mal (ĭn’tər-prŏk’sə-məl)
Situated between adjoining surfaces.

proximal prox·i·mal (prŏk’sə-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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