Ab

[ ahb, ahv ]
/ ɑb, ɑv /
|

noun

Definition for ab (2 of 9)

Ab


Symbol.

Chemistry. alabamine.
Immunology. antibody.

Definition for ab (3 of 9)

AB


Nautical. able seaman.
U.S. Air Force. Airman Basic.
Alberta, Canada (approved for postal use).
antiballistic; antiballistic missile.

Definition for ab (4 of 9)

AB


Symbol, Physiology.

a major blood group usually enabling a person whose blood is of this type to donate blood to persons of type AB and to receive blood from persons of type O, A, B, or AB.
Compare ABO system.

Definition for ab (5 of 9)

abs

[ abz ]
/ æbz /

plural noun Informal.

abdominal muscles.

Origin of abs

An Americanism dating back to 1980–85; by shortening

Definition for ab (6 of 9)

ab.


Baseball. (times) at bat.

Definition for ab (7 of 9)

ab-


a formal element occurring in loanwords from Latin, where it meant “away from”: abdicate; abolition.
Also a-, abs-.

Origin of ab-

< Latin ab (preposition and prefix) from, away, cognate with Greek apó, Sanskrit ápa, German ab, English of1, off

Definition for ab (8 of 9)

Origin of A.B.

1
< New Latin, Medieval Latin Artium Baccalaureus

Definition for ab (9 of 9)

A.B.

2

Nautical. able seaman.
Baseball. (times) at bat.Also a.b.
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British Dictionary definitions for ab (1 of 6)

Ab

/ (æb) /

noun

a variant of Av

British Dictionary definitions for ab (2 of 6)

AB


abbreviation for

Also: a.b. able-bodied seaman
(in the US) Bachelor of Arts
(esp in postal addresses) Alberta (Canada)

symbol for

a human blood type of the ABO group, containing both the A antigen and the B antigen

British Dictionary definitions for ab (3 of 6)

ab-

1

prefix

away from; off; outside of; opposite toabnormal; abaxial; aboral

Word Origin for ab-

from Latin ab away from

British Dictionary definitions for ab (4 of 6)

ab-

2

prefix

denoting a cgs unit of measurement in the electromagnetic systemabvolt

Word Origin for ab-

abstracted from absolute

British Dictionary definitions for ab (5 of 6)

abs

/ (æbz) /

pl n

informal abdominal muscles

British Dictionary definitions for ab (6 of 6)

ABS


abbreviation for

acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene: any of a range of tough copolymers used esp for making moulded articles
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Medicine definitions for ab

Ab


abbr.

antibody
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