Proximate principle


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(Physiol. Chem.) 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.

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It is really distinct from the faculties that flow from it as proximate principles of operation.
virtues are in the faculties as proximate principles of supernatural operations.
The faculties are each perfected by their corresponding virtues, which are proximate principles of acts received in the faculties.