Definition of distal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɪst(ə)l/


1 Anatomy Situated away from the centre of the body or from the point of attachment: the distal end of the tibia The opposite of proximal.
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  • The stomach and small bowel were dilated due to there being colonic atresia just distal to the cecum.
  • Retinal prostheses are only viable if the visual pathway distal to the retina is intact and functional.
  • This disorder occurs because of median nerve entrapment distal to the elbow.
1.1 Geology Relating to or denoting the outer part of an area affected by geological activity: the distal zone is characterized by pyroclastic flow deposits
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  • In distal areas, a layered sedimentary unit appears under the chaotic unit.
  • The spherules in South Greenland are the first distal impact ejecta recognized in mid-Precambrian strata.
  • Similar laminated deposits are formed in more distal periglacial lakes.



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  • Body or contour feathers are pennaceous distally.
  • The muscle may be divided, with the second belly attached distally to the radius (near the tuberosity), or even the ulna.
  • In all these species, Bcl-rambo and BH3-only Bid form two distally adjacent genes on opposite strands.


Early 19th century: from distant, on the pattern of words such as dorsal.

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