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An introduction; a preface.

[Middle English proheme, from Old French, from Latin prooemium, from Greek prooimion : pro-, before; see pro-2 + oimē, song.]

pro·e′mi·al (prō-ē′mē-əl, -ĕm′ē-) adj.
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(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) an introduction or preface, such as to a work of literature
[C14: from Latin prooemium introduction, from Greek prooimion, from pro-2 + hoimē song]
proemial adj
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(ˈproʊ ɛm)

an introductory discourse; introduction; preface.
[1350–1400; earlier proheme, Middle English < Middle French < Latin prooemium < Greek prooímion prelude =pro- pro-2 + oím(ē) song + -ion diminutive suffix]
pro•e′mi•al (-ˈi mi əl, -ˈɛm i-) adj.
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proem, proemium

a preface, preamble, or brief introduction, as to a book or other work.
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References in classic literature ?
I cannot better introduce the few poems which I shall present for your consideration, than by the citation of the Proem to Longfellow's "Waif":
So gloz'd the Tempter, and his Proem tun'd; Into the Heart of EVE his words made way, Though at the voice much marveling; at length Not unamaz'd she thus in answer spake.
Authorities looking into the issue attributed the deaths in Stoung district's Peam Bang commune to shallow waters and extreme temperatures, according to Proem Ratha, former Stoung district governor and current Kampong Thom provincial administrative official.
In the book's proem, "Do You Speak Virgin?," the speaker describes her status as bride-object, a "Mexican American fascinator," with a bouquet of cacti and a veil of "fried tongue & chicken wire." The wedding guests "smile up at me," but this bride is also an observer, one who can tell the reader knowingly of her perspective, "you know what it looks like: / all the lovers--cloaked in blood & salt / & never satisfied." In the speaker's mind, "wherever I walk, it's purgatory."
(3.) Darwin, Proem, The Botanic Garden, Part 1 of 2, in The Loves of the Plants, 3rd ed.
A summa, of sorts, of Agamben's thought, "What Is Philosophy?" consists of five essays on five emblematic topics: the Voice, the Sayable, the Demand, the Proem, and the Muse.
The right interpretation, or even the most likely interpretation of this part of the proem, is a highly-contested matter amongst scholars, and I do not wish to engage in that far-ranging discussion here, nor review the literature, but to focus solely on the presence of psychological language and its relevance (5).
In the Proem to Book I, Spenser introduces this action into the poem by asking his muse to open to him the history "Of Faerie knights and fayrest Tanaquill, (14) / Whom that most noble Briton Prince [Arthur] so long / Sought through the world" (2.3-5).
This emphasis on pagan goddesses and heroines is justified in Boccaccio's proem (xx) and broadly replicated in the Middle English (11.
Up to now, Many studies indicate the effect of bacterial infection and failure of dental implants, therefore, from past up to now many studies have been done to increase the anti bacterial properties of implant materials such as titanium, for example, the antibacterial impact of Titanium hollow cylinder implants carried out in 1987 as a proem of continuing researches [27].