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abstract

 [ab´strakt]
1. a short description of a scientific presentation or article.
2. a thought process that is oriented toward the development of an idea without application to, or association with, a particular instance. This type of thinking is independent of time and space.

ab·stract

(ab'strakt),
1. A preparation made by evaporating a fluid extract to a powder and triturating with milk sugar.
2. A condensation or summary of a scientific or literary article or address.
[L. ab-traho, pp. -tractus, to draw away]

abstract

[ab′strakt, abstrakt′]
Etymology: L, abstrahere, to drag away
1 a condensed summary of a scientific article, literary piece, or address.
2 to collect data such as from a medical record.
3 a preparation containing the soluble principles of a medication concentration mixed with lactose.
4 difficult to understand because of lack of practicality.

Abstract

Informatics A statement summarising the important points of a text; a brief summary or description of the essential content of an article, chapter or other complete work, often written by the author of the work.
Research
(1) A synopsis of research data that may be presented at scientific meetings and later published in a peer-reviewed journal; abstracts may not be subjected to the same rigorous review as the “lead” articles for the same journal; the purpose of the abstract is to enable the reader to efficiently grasp the essence of the report; the abstract can be very misleading; it is often the only part of the content of an article that will show up in a database.  
(2) A distillation of a presentation at a meeting, congress, conference, symposium, colloquium, seminar, workshop, round table, or other professional gathering.

ab·stract

(ab'strakt)
1. A condensation, summary, or brief description of a scientific or literary article or the results of a study.
2. A preparation made by evaporating a fluid extract to a powder and triturating it with milk sugar.
3. (ăb-strakt') To collect information from the medical record for research, billing, or statistical purposes.
[L. ab-traho, pp. -tractus, to draw away]

ab·stract

(ab'strakt)
1. Preparation made by evaporating a fluid extract to a powder and triturating with milk sugar.
2. Condensation or summary of a scientific or literary article or address.
[L. ab-traho, pp. -tractus, to draw away]
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While participants are encouraged to submit abstracts that tie into the meeting's theme, presentations focusing on any public health topic are welcome.
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Anyone can submit an abstract, but presenters must become APHA members and register for the Annual Meeting if their abstracts are accepted.
Abstracts are freely available, unlike many journal articles, and provide access to a plethora of literature (Anderson, 2011) that disseminates research findings and scholarly debate across a wide range of topics.
Although the abstract reviewer selection process has improved in recent years, nearly 40% of abstracts continue to be rated by among the most inexperienced (and nontenured) researchers in the profession.
Abstracts submitted must be of the author's own completed work or work in progress and may or may not have been presented previously at the local or regional level.
From the selected research abstracts, four will receive the Research Abstract Award, which recognizes individuals whose abstracts reflect outstanding original work, replication research or research utilization.
The following clinical and scientific research abstracts on THALOMID will be presented in oral and or poster sessions as an exchange of scientific and clinical information by clinical investigators at the American Society of Hematology proceedings.
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Sage Publications (Thousand Oaks, CA) has begun the production of two new products, including the "European Journal of Criminology" and "Criminal Justice Abstracts Online.