Distal vs. Mesial

By Jaxson

  • Distal (adjective)

    Remote from the point of attachment or origin.

    “the distal end of a bone or muscle”

  • Distal (adjective)

    Facing the wisdom tooth or temporomandibular joint on the same side of the jaw.

  • Distal (adjective)

    Far or farther from the speaker.

  • Mesial (adjective)

    Pertaining to the midline of the body.

  • Mesial (adjective)

    Facing the side of a tooth which faces the middle of the jaw.

  • Distal (adjective)

    situated away from the centre of the body or from the point of attachment

    “the distal end of the tibia”

  • Distal (adjective)

    relating to or denoting the outer part of an area affected by geological activity

    “the distal zone is characterized by pyroclastic flow deposits”

Oxford Dictionary

Distal Illustrations

Mesial Illustrations


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