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Pronunciation: ă-prok′si-māt


  1. Proximate, denoting the contact surfaces, either mesial or distal, of two adjacent teeth.
  2. Close together; denoting the teeth in the human jaw, as distinguished from the separated teeth in certain lower animals.

[L. ad, to, + proximus, nearest]

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