- proximate; next or nearest
- Anat. situated nearest the center of the body or nearest the point of attachment of a muscle, limb, etc.
Origin of proximalfrom Classical Latin proximus (see proximate) + -al
- Nearest; proximate.
- Anatomy Nearer to a point of reference such as an origin, a point of attachment, or the midline of the body: the proximal end of a bone.
Origin of proximalFrom Latin proximus nearest ; see proximate .
(comparative more proximal, superlative most proximal)
- (anatomy, geology) Closer to the point of attachment or observation.
From Latin proximus, superlative form of prope (“near, nigh").