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ab-(word root) away, from
Away from: aboral.
Used to indicate an electromagnetic unit in the centimeter-gram-second system: abcoulomb.
away from; off; outside of; opposite to: abnormal; abaxial; aboral.
[from Latin ab away from]
(Units) denoting a cgs unit of measurement in the electromagnetic system: abvolt.
[abstracted from absolute]
2. Airman Basic.
a major blood group. Compare ABO system.
a prefix occurring in verbs or verbal derivatives borrowed from Latin, where it meant “off, away”: abhor; abjure; abrade. Compare a- 4, abs-.
[< Latin, prefixal use of ab from, away; see of1]
1. able-bodied seaman.
2. Bachelor of Arts.
[< New Latin, Medieval Latin Artium Baccalaureus]