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Originally appearing in Volume V01, Page 74 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ABSCISSA (from the Lat. abscissus, cut off), in the Cartesian system of co-ordinates, the distance of a point from the axis of y measured parallel to the horizontal axis y (axis of x). Thus PS (or OR) is the abscissa of P. The word appears for the first time in a Latin work written by Stefano degli Angeli (1623-1697), a professor of mathematics in O/ R Rome. (See GEOMETRY, ยง Analytical.)
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