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abscissa

 [ab-sis´ah]
the horizontal line in a graph along which are plotted the units of one of the variables considered in the study, as time in a time-temperature study. The other line is called the ordinate.
Axes of graph showing normal distribution curve.
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ab·scis·sa

(ab-sis'ă),
In a plane cartesian coordinate system, the horizontal axis (x). Compare: ordinate.
[L. ab-scindo, pp. -scissus, to cut away from]
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ab·scis·sa

(ab-sis'ă)
In a plane cartesian coordinate system, the horizontal axis (x).
[L. ab-scindo, pp. -scissus, to cut away from]
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