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The prefix ab- or abs- is derived from the Latin prefix ab-, which means "off", "away", or "from" and usually expresses removing, separation, or a lower value.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, English words beginning in ab- were originally carried directly through from Old French, as abuse, or appropriated from more modern French, as absorb.

The OED notes that in recent times, following the model of abnormal, some medical terms use ab- to mean "away from", as ab-oral, "away from the mouth".

The prefix ab- is also used to indicate "absolute" in units used in electromagnetism, such as abhenry for inductance , abohm for resistance and abvolt for potential.

--Jerzy 00:45, 2 Nov 2003 (UTC)

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English Etymology 1 is incorrectly stated:

The English prefix featured in this article is from Latin ab-, not Old English æf, which instead yielded Modern English of, off.
Furthermore, none of the terms (Old English, Latin, Ancient Greek, or Sanskrit) are derived from any other; rather, they are all derived from a common Proto-Indo-European adverbial *h₂epo.
Our source for this etymology is faulty and should not be referenced.
Please note this comment. Jackwolfroven (talk) 22:30, 4 February 2013 (UTC)