Proximal

Definition

Proximal means nearer to the center (trunk of the body) or to the point of attachment to the body. If another reference point is given, such as the heart, the proximal point of another organ or extremity is the point closest to the heart, central rather than peripheral.

Proximal is the opposite of distal.

Images

Anatomical landmarks adult – back
Anatomical landmarks adult - front

References

Taber's Medical Dictionary Online website. www.tabers.com/tabersonline. Accessed April 16, 2021.

Review Date: 
1/16/2021
Reviewed By: 
Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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