Definition of medical terms

Can someone help me understand the medical terminology in my CT report. Is the distal stylohyoid ligament closest to the hyoid bone or the styloid process. The same question for proximal.
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Distal means away from the point of origin, proximal means closest to the point of origin…the stylohyoid ligament runs from the styloid process and connects to the hyoid bone process, so using distal & proximal in this case doesn’t exactly make sense, but I would presume they’re meaning distal as furthest point away from the styloid (i.e. close to the hyoid end), and proximal as in closest to the styloid…hope that’s clear?!


Thanks so much! I just wanted to check my understanding. Thanks for clarifying.

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