Nearest; next immediately preceding or following. Proximate ancestors. The proximate natural causes of it deluge (T.
(Science: medicine) burnet) Proximate analysis, one of a class of bodies existing ready formed in animal and vegetable tissues, and separable by chemical analysis, as albumin, sugar, collagen, fat, etc.
Synonym: Nearest, next, closest, immediate, direct.
Origin: L. Proximatus, p. P. Of proximare to come near, to approach, fr. Proximus the nearest, nest, superl. Of propior nearer, and prope, adv, near.