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ap·prox·i·mate

(ă-prok'si-māt), To bring close together. In dentistry:
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]

approximate

[əprok′simāt]
Etymology: L, ad + proximare, to come near
1 to draw two tissue surfaces close together as in the repair of a wound or to draw the bones of a joint together as in physical therapy.
2 almost correct.

approximate

1. Not exact, thereabouts, more or less, sort of, approximal Medtalk → Vox populi verb To make closer

ap·prox·i·mate

(ă-proksi-māt)
1. dentistry To bring close together.
2. (ă-proksi-măt) Proximate, denoting the contact surfaces, either mesial or distal, of two adjacent teeth.
3. Close together; denoting the teeth in the human jaw, as distinguished from the separated teeth in certain of the lower animals.
[L. ad, to, + proximus, nearest]

ap·prox·i·mate

(ă-proksi-măt)
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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