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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Anatomically located far from a point of reference, such as an origin or a point of attachment.
  • adj. Situated farthest from the middle and front of the jaw, as a tooth or tooth surface.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Remote from the point of attachment or origin; as, the distal end of a bone or muscle.
  • adj. Facing the wisdom tooth or temporomandibular joint on the same side of the jaw.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Remote from the point of attachment or origin
  • adj. Pertaining to that which is distal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In anatomy, situated away from the center of the body; being at the end; terminal; peripheral: the opposite of proximal: as, the distal end of a limb, a bone, or other part or organ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. situated farthest from point of attachment or origin, as of a limb or bone
  • adj. directed away from the midline or mesial plane of the body

Etymologies

dist(ant) + -al1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • "Descending to three hundred feet above the water, they began to rake up and down the distal five-mile length of the main channel."
    The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard, p 72 of the 50th anniversary edition

    September 3, 2012