• WordNet 3.6
    • adj proximal situated nearest to point of attachment or origin "the proximal end of a bone"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There have been several documented cases of women giving birth to twins who had different fathers, including cases where the children were of different races. To do so, the mother had to have conceived both children in close proximity. There has also been one recent case where a mother gave birth to unrelated "twins." In that instance, the mother underwent in vitro fertilization and had her own child and the embryo of another couple accidentally implanted in her.
    • Proximal (Biol) Of or pertaining to that which is proximal; as, the proximal bones of a limb. Opposed to distal.
    • Proximal (Biol) Situated near the point of attachment or origin; as, the proximal part of a limb.
    • Proximal Toward or nearest, as to a body, or center of motion of dependence; proximate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • proximal Proximate; nearest; next. In anatomy, zoölogy, and botany, noting that end of a bone, limb, or organ which is nearest the point of attachment or insertion: opposed to distal and extremital. Thus, of the two rows of carpal or tarsal bones, the one next to the arm or leg is proximal, and the other is distal; of the humerus or femur the head of the bone is proximal, and its condyles are distal. See cuts under Artiodactyla and carpus.
    • n proximal In zoology, the comparatively fixed or basal extremity of a limb or of an organism.
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  • Ouida
    “The longest absence is less perilous to love than the terrible trials of incessant proximity.”


In literature:

Yonder crucifix, which you see hanging in pious proximity to my state-room door, is a specimen of the sort I mean.
"The Red Rover" by James Fenimore Cooper
Captain Spade and Engineer Serko reside separately in proximity to D'Artigas' mansion.
"Facing the Flag" by Jules Verne
But the small boat edged away from close proximity to the tug and the near-by dock.
"The Man From Brodney's" by George Barr McCutcheon
The first step was to apprise the people at the Reef of the proximity of these dangerous neighbours.
"The Crater" by James Fenimore Cooper
Strange as it may appear, the proximate cause of the formation of snow is not yet fully agreed upon by the learned.
"Atlantic Monthly Vol. 6, No. 33, July, 1860" by Various
The position of the Geraldines of Kildare was even more important, on account of their close proximity to Dublin.
"The Story Of Ireland" by Emily Lawless
From the outset, therefore, he is placed in intimate proximity to the chief protagonists.
"The Loves of Krishna in Indian Painting and Poetry" by W. G. Archer
As le Feu-Follet was now in dangerous proximity to three cruisers of the enemy, the moment was one that called for decision.
"The Wing-and-Wing" by J. Fenimore Cooper
Its proximity to the frontier, and the dread of the Austrians, make the inhabitants very patriotic.
"A Residence in France During the Years 1792, 1793, 1794 and 1795, Part I. 1792" by An English Lady
Its proximity to the frontier, and the dread of the Austrians, make the inhabitants very patriotic.
"A Residence in France During the Years 1792, 1793, 1794 and 1795, Complete" by An English Lady

In news:

Does the Hyundai Sun Bowl want the proximity of Arizona or the name brand of USC.
A proximity sensor is just one of the cool features in this B&W soundbar.
The American Reusable Textile Association (ARTA) has shifted the dates of its 2012 Education Seminar slightly based on the event's proximity to Passover and Easter, according to an association press release.
The Net is bringing writers and fans closer, but there are perils in that proximity.
Company spokesman Doug Terfehr said Denton was chosen for its proximity to Pizza Hut's headquarters in Plano.
Bethlehem — Developers hope a proposed housing development's proximity to Elm Avenue Park will make it attractive to apartment seekers.
Maybe it's the proximity to the duck pond.
SIOUX FALLS — POET Nutrition Territory Sales Manager Chad Ruter is helping local feeders take advantage of their proximity to POET plants.
Slacklining has become increasingly popular with UTC students, particularly on a campus where trees are in close proximity.
Mark File/Courtesy of Proximity Hotel.
The 147-room Proximity Hotel is one of the first hotels to aim for LEED Platinum status, the highest rating in sustainable design and construction from the US Green Building Council.
Paxton Access has introduced the Proximity LCD reader, part of the supplier's architectural range of aesthetic readers.
In a shift to a more digitally-driven marketing strategy in North America, The Economist has tapped Atmosphere Proximity , N.Y.
Tablet Proximity Sensor and More.
Proximity Alone Does Not a Rivalry Make.

In science:

A study prototype of proximity focused RICH has been built and studied.
A RICH prototype for the AMS experiment
Algorithms for Proximity Problems in Higher Dimensions.
Random Geometric Graphs
We shall use this proximity for analysis of the I (r) behavior as r → 0 .
On the Fourier transformation of Renormalization Invariant Coupling
In a dense medium, their definition cannot rest only on a criterion of proximity in configurational space.
Clusters in Simple Fluids
Ising clusters, defined by the simple criterion of proximity in real space, do not fulfill this condition.
Clusters in Simple Fluids