In general anatomy, situated away from the origin or point of attachment,
or from the middle line of the body. It is specifically applied to the
extremity or distant part of a limb or organ. For example, the fingers
are the most distal portion of the arm in relation to the torso. The
opposite of distal is proximal. See
also surface anatomy.
|DISTAL – used to describe a part of the
body further away from the midline than another part. Thus, the
ankle is distal to the knee.
PROXIMAL – the opposite of distal. The elbow is proximal
to the wrist.
- In dental anatomy, the surface of a tooth furthest from the center
of the dental arch.