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1. denoting art characterized by geometric, formalized, or otherwise nonrepresentational qualities
2. Philosophy (of an idea) functioning for some empiricists as the meaning of a general term
3. an abstract painting, sculpture, etc.



a brief oral or written summary of a book, a scientific or scholarly work, or the results of a scientific or scholarly study. An abstract generally aims to provide scientific or scholarly information. The dissertation abstract written by those seeking the degree of candidate or doctor of sciences is a summary of the dissertation’s chief scholarly and theoretical propositions.

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This is collected in a large compendium that the abstracter uses in reviewing the chart.
The empirical formula and density calculated by the abstracter are very slightly different from those given by the authors.
Patient presentation data, including admission ECG, were abstracted before the in-hospital course and outcome data were known to the abstracter.
The process is aided in the Eiffel environment by a variant of the short class abstracter. The command
Tenders are invited for Provide qualified contracted inpatient and outpatient medical records coders and abstracter, to be paid on an hourly basis.
I have had the good fortune of working in various roles in the publishing industry, including a stint as an indexer and abstracter for the ERIC Clearinghouse.