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Distal

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Locating structures in your body is one of the main components of anatomy. Learn all terms used to describe location in the human body.

The term distal is a directional term that is used to describe a position of a structure that is away or farthest away from the central point of the trunk or the point of origin of the body part. In addition, it can also describe a position that is farther to the central aspect of a linear structure.

For example, the foot is distal part of the lower limb, and the wrist is distal to the elbow

The opposite term of distal is proximal. This term describes the position of the structure that is closest to the trunk or the point of origin.

Terminology English: Distal
Latin: Distalis
Example Distal phalanx of the foot

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