Prefix from the Latin meaning “from, away from, off” as in abduction (movement of a limb away from the midline of the body), ablate (carry or cut away), abnormal (away from normal), absorb (to suck away). "Abs" in the plural is commonly used slang for the abdominal muscles.

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prefix denoting
away from. Example: abembryonic (away from or opposite the embryo).

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[L. ab from] prefix meaning away from, from.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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