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1. Anatomy
a. the end of a muscle, opposite its point of insertion
b. the beginning of a nerve or blood vessel or the site where it first starts to branch out
2. Maths
a. the point of intersection of coordinate axes or planes
b. the point whose coordinates are all zero
3. Commerce the country from which a commodity or product originates
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[′är·ə·jən]
(anatomy)
The point at which the nonmoving end of a muscle is attached to a bone; it is at the proximal end of the muscle.
(computer science)
Absolute storage address in relative coding to which addresses in a region are referenced.
(mathematics)
The point of a coordinate system at which all coordinate axes meet.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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