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1Situated nearer to the center of the body or the point of attachment.‘the proximal end of the forearm’The opposite of distal
- ‘Approximately one third of polyps and one half of colorectal cancers occur proximal to the splenic flexure.’
- ‘The small bowel is of narrow caliber distal to the meconium plug and dilated proximal to the meconium plugs.’
- ‘The nerve recombined also beyond the tendon and was subject to compression, proximal to the pisiform bone.’
- ‘In all patients, the injection was administered proximal to the carpal tunnel.’
- ‘The needle enters just proximal to the first metacarpal on the extensor surface.’
- 1.1Geology Relating to or denoting an area close to a center of a geological process such as sedimentation or volcanism.Often contrasted with distal
- ‘The shoaling trend is thought to reflect upward transition from prodelta to distal and then proximal delta front.’
- ‘Individual deposit thicknesses vary from 20 m in proximal facies, to less than 2 m in distal facies.’
- ‘The precipitates are now difficult to locate and were not found in our recent shallow cores through the proximal sinter terrace.’
- ‘If it was originally present, the proximal part of this onlapping succession has since been removed by erosion.’
- ‘Such sediments and ichnofacies suggest lag deposits winnowed in proximal storm-generated beds.’
Early 19th century (as a term in anatomy and zoology): from Latin proximus ‘nearest’ + -al. In geology, usage dates from the 1940s.
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