Proximal

(redirected from proximalis)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical.

proximal

[′präk·sə·məl]
(anatomy)
Near the body or the median line of the body.
(control systems)
Located close to the base or pedestal and away from the end effector of a robot.
(geology)
Of a sedimentary deposit, composed of coarse clastics and formed near the source.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Proximal

 

in anatomy, a term that indicates the location of an organ or a part of an organ that is closer to the center of the body or to the sagittal plane of the body’s surface. Proximal is opposed to distal. For example, in man the shoulder is the proximal section of the arm, while the hand is the distal section.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.