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  Proximal



Proximal

   Located closest to the reference point. See distal.

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Distal
A location farther from a point of reference. For example, the foot is distal to the knee, relative to the center of the body.



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Proxy
A person appointed to make decisions for someone else, as in a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (also called a surrogate or agent).



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