1. Nearest the trunk or the point of origin, said of part of a limb, of an artery or a nerve, etc., so situated. Toward the median plane following the curvature of the dental arch, in contrast to distal (2). SYN: proximalis. 2. In dental anatomy, denoting the surface of a tooth in relation with its neighbor, whether mesial or distal, i.e., nearer to or farther from the anteroposterior median plane. SYN: mesial [TA]. [Mod. L. proximalis, fr. L. proximus, nearest, next]

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prox·i·mal 'präk-sə-məl adj
1 a) situated next to or near the point of attachment or origin or a central point <the \proximal was...better than the peripheral stump for a graft (Annual Rev. of Med.)> esp located toward the center of the body <the \proximal end of a bone> compare DISTAL (1a)
b) of, relating to, or being the mesial and distal surfaces of a tooth
2) sensory rather than physical or social <\proximal stimuli> compare DISTAL (2)
prox·i·mal·ly adv

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(in anatomy) situated close to the origin or point of attachment or close to the median line of the body. Compare distal.

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prox·i·mal (prokґsĭ-məl) [L. proximus next] nearest; closer to any point of reference: opposed to distal.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • proximal — proximal, ale, aux [ prɔksimal, o ] adj. • 1887; du lat. proximus « très près » ♦ Didact. Qui est le plus près du centre du corps, ou du point d attache d un membre. Segment proximal d un membre. ⊗ CONTR. Distal. ● proximal, proximale, proximaux… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Proximal — Prox i*mal, a. 1. Toward or nearest, as to a body, or center of motion of dependence; proximate. [1913 Webster] 2. (Biol.) (a) Situated near the point of attachment or origin; as, the proximal part of a limb. (b) Of or pertaining to that which is …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proximal — adj. anat. Dícese de la estructura u órgano situado más cerca del cuerpo o de la línea medial. Medical Dictionary. 2011. proximal má …   Diccionario médico

  • proximal — PROXIMÁL, Ă adj. (anat.; op. d i s t a l) Termen care indică o poziţie apropiată în raport cu un punct central; mai apropiat de axa mediană a corpului. [cf. fr. proximal]. Trimis de LauraGellner, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DN  PROXIMÁL, Ă adj. (anat.;… …   Dicționar Român

  • Proximal — (von lat. proximus = der Nächste) ist: in der Anatomie eine Lagebezeichnung, die zum Körper hin gelegen oder zum Körper hin verlaufend bedeutet in der Geologie eine Lagebezeichnung, die einen in Bezug zu einer Sedimentationsquelle nahe liegenden… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • proximal — |ss| adj. 2 g. 1.  [Anatomia] Situado perto da origem de um membro. 2.  [Anatomia] Que fica do tronco para cima. 3. Relativo a aproximação ou a proximidade (ex.: processo proximal).   ‣ Etimologia: próximo + al …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • proximal — proximal. См. проксимальный. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • proximal — index adjacent, approximate, close (near), contiguous, proximate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • proximal — proximal, nahe der Körpermitte gelegen …   Deutsch wörterbuch der biologie

  • proximal — 1727, from L. proximus (see PROXIMITY (Cf. proximity)) + AL (Cf. al) (1). Related: Proximally …   Etymology dictionary

  • proximal — adj. Anat. Se dice de la parte de un miembro o un órgano más próxima a la línea media del organismo en cuestión …   Diccionario de la lengua española

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