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any one of the small distal bones in the third row of phalanges of the hand or the foot (second phalanx in the thumb and great toe). Each one at the end of the finger has a convex dorsal surface and a flat palmar surface, with a rough elevation at the end of the palmar surface that supports a fingernail and its sensitive pulp. The distal phalanx of each of the toes is smaller and more flattened than that of a finger; it also has a rough elevation to support the toenail and its pulp. Also called ungual phalanx.
The phalanx most remote from the metacarpus or metatarsus. Synonym: terminal phalanx; ungual phalanx
See also: phalanx
The outermost bone of any finger or toe.
Mentioned in: Mallet Finger
remote; farther from any point of reference. See also direction.
distal convoluted tubule
the part of the renal tubular system interposed between the nephron loop and the arched collecting tubule. See also convoluted tubules.
distal interphalangeal joints
see Table 11.
navicular bone in the horse.
distal tarsal bones
the tarsal bones adjacent to the metatarsals.