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
These so-called distal DNA elements control the expression of faraway genes.
Standard treatment for ureteral cancer is surgical resection of the tumor, called a distal ureterectomy, or removal of the entire kidney, called a nephro-ureterectomy.
Caveat: Sedentary work was associated with cancers of the rectum and distal colon but not the proximal colon.
GreenBiz states, If we allow ourselves to be misled by false dilemmas or deceived into making unsustainable choices, distal concerns about destruction of the environment and the decline our forests will soon become a harsh and uncomfortable reality.
In addition to the laterality of the fracture, right vs. left, the kind of fracture -- open vs. closed, location on the bone -- distal vs. proximal, and whether this was the initial or a subsequent encounter, doctors will need to be much more explicit when documenting care.
In this disease, the distal colon is most severely affected, and the rectum is involved in nearly all cases.
Kotorashvilli A, Russo S, Mulugeta S, Guttentag S, Beers M. Anterograde transport of surfactant protein C proprotein to distal processing compartments requires PPDY mediated association with Nedd4-2 ubiquitin ligases.
However, intraarterial infusions may induce arterial spasm, thus reducing the blood supply to the distal extremity.
A 57 year old male presented to his private physician with severe pain and erythema of the distal portions of several fingers on both hands.
The heart muscle that lies distal to this sudden blockage usually dies -- and that is how a heart attack occurs.