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verb (used with or without object), a·brad·ed, a·brad·ing.
  1. to wear off or down by scraping or rubbing.
  2. to scrape off.

Origin of abrade

1670–80; < Latin abrādere, equivalent to ab- ab- + rādere to scrape
Related formsa·brad·a·ble, adjectivea·brad·er, nounun·a·brad·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for unabraded


  1. (tr) to scrape away or wear down by friction; erode
Derived Formsabradant, nounabrader, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin abrādere to scrape away, from ab- 1 + rādere to scrape
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Word Origin and History for unabraded



1670s, from Latin abradere "to scrape off" (see abrasion). Related: Abraded; abrading.

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unabraded in Medicine


([object Object])
  1. To wear away by mechanical action.
  2. To scrape away the surface layer from a part.
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