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 proximal is proximal. This term describes the position of the structure that is closest to the trunk or the point of origin.
|Example||Distal phalanx of the foot|
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