1 closest in degree or order (space or time) especially in a chain of causes and effects; "news of his proximate arrival"; "interest in proximate rather than ultimate goals" [ant: ultimate]
2 very close in space or time; "proximate words"; "proximate houses"
Proximates are used in the analysis of biological materials as a decomposition of a human-consumable good into its major constituents.
What people consider proximates may vary, but usually includes:
What makes proximates particular is that the total of their presence in the food must always sum up to 100%. The nutritional information on food containers usually specifies the nutrients in terms of proximates, but these seldom add up to 100%, indicating that the manufacturer left out some of the insignificant ones such as water.
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