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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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From a psycholinguistic perspective, abstracting is more ambitious and complex than indexing: not only must the text of documents be analyzed in some detail but text (the abstract) must also be produced.
In Texas, if a provider is not compliant within the six-month window, the state performs the abstracting function for the provider organization, which can be quite costly.
STM Abstracting & Indexing: Facing the Crossroads" Released at 2005 NFAIS Annual Conference
And we are particularly pleased with the market's early acceptance of Quantim Abstracting, which was released just last October.
The agreement for Remote Oncology Abstracting comes after Precyse Solutions successfully completed the abstracts for over 3,000 oncology cases in three months, working entirely in a remote capacity.