Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Nearest; proximate.
  • adj. 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Closer to the point of attachment or observation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Toward or nearest, as to a body, or center of motion of dependence; proximate.
  • adj.
  • adj. Situated near the point of attachment or origin.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to that which is proximal. Opposed to distal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Proximate; nearest; next.
  • n. In zoology, the comparatively fixed or basal extremity of a limb or of an organism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. situated nearest to point of attachment or origin

Etymologies

From Latin proximus, nearest; see proximate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin proximus, superlative form of prope ("near, nigh"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • FlashLinq advances a concept known as proximal communications, whereby users can continuously connect, disconnect and communicate directly with other mobile users at broadband speeds based on their physical proximity.

  • Seventy percent of reductions seen in colorectal cases and deaths were due to fewer cancers in the right part of the colon called the proximal colon, but the aspirin effect did not seem to reduce cancer in the lower part of the colon called the distal colon, and had only a small effect on rectal cancer, the researchers noted.

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  • It's called proximal - distal, dorsal - ventral, anterior - posterior.

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  • "We chose to investigate 'proximal' prayer because that is how a lot of prayer for healing is actually practiced by Pentecostal and Charismatic Christians around the world," Brown said.

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  • Even psychotherapy, he suggests, can only change feelings inasmuch as it helps a person to change the "proximal" and "distal" influences on his life, which range from family and friends, to politics and work.

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  • Nor are couples in LDRs any more likely to cheat on each other than are "proximal" couples, although the LDR mates do tend to worry more about the risk of an affair, studies show.

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  • Consumers are constantly balancing what Farley terms their "proximal" and their "distal" concerns.

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  • "We chose to investigate 'proximal' prayer because that is how a lot of prayer for healing is actually practiced by Pentecostal and Charismatic Christians around the world.

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  • Even psychotherapy, he suggests, can only change feelings inasmuch as it helps a person to change the "proximal" and "distal" influences on his life, which range from family and friends, to politics and work. edit] Normality and illness judgements

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  • Caveat: Sedentary work was associated with cancers of the rectum and distal colon but not the proximal colon.

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