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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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Borko and Bernier (1975), for example, regard abstracting as a form of writing that has a unique style (it is not a "natural" form); abstracts must be brief, accurate, and clearly written.
The SDS Cancer Registry outsourcing program provides industry experienced and American College of Surgeons (ACoS) certified staff to handle the abstracting of cancer cases for accreditation purposes.
Whether it's Google, an expanding competitive landscape or diminishing library budgets, the Abstracting & Indexing industry is facing many changes in 2005.
Five healthcare organizations purchased Quantim Abstracting as a part of multiple HIM product contracts in the second quarter, including the following three care delivery providers:
We are deploying unique imaging, scanning and Internet technologies in tumor registry abstracting that enables our Certified Tumor Registrars to work from their homes.