Glossary of Medical Terms

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1. Loosed from any limitation or condition; uncontrolled; unrestricted; unconditional; as, absolute authority, monarchy, sovereignty, an absolute promise or command; absolute strength; an absolute monarch. 2. Complete in itself; perfect; consummate; faultless; as, absolute perfection; absolute beauty. "So absolute she seems, And in herself complete." (Milton) 3. Viewed separately from modifying influences or without collation with another objects; actual; real; opposed to relative and comparative; as, absolute motion; absolute time or space. Absolute rights and duties are such as pertain to man in a state of character as contradistinguished from relative rights and duties, or such as pertain to him in his social relations. 4. Loosed from, or unconnected by, dependency on any another being; self-existent; self-sufficing. In this sense God is called the Absolute by the Theist. The term is also applied by the Pantheist to the universe, or the total of all subsistence, as only capable of relations in its parts to every another and to the intact, and as dependent for its subsistence and its phenomena on its mutually depending forces and their laws. 5. Capable of being thought or conceived by itself alone; unconditioned; non-relative. It is in dispute among philosopher whether the term, in this sense, is not applied to a mere logical fiction or abstraction, or whether the absolute, as thus defined, can be known, as a reality, by the human intellect. "To Cusa we can really articulately trace, word and thing, the last philosophy of the absolute." (Sir W. Hamilton) 6. Positive; clear; determined; not doubtful. "I am absolute 't was very Cloten." (Shak) 7. Authoritative; peremptory. "The peddler stopped, and tapped her on the head, With absolute forefinger, brown and ringed." (Mrs. Browning) 8. Pure; unmixed; as, absolute alcohol. 9. Not immediately dependent on the another parts of the offer in government; as, the case absolute. See Ablative absolute, under Ablative. Absolute curvature, the sum of the optic and eccentric equations. Absolute space, space considered without relation to material limits or objects. Absolute terms. The be ginning, or nought point, in the scale of absolute temperature. It is equivalent to -273 deg centigrade or -459.4 deg Fahrenheit. Synonym: Positive, peremptory, determined, unconditional, unlimited, unrestricted, unqualified, arbitrary, despotic, autocratic. Origin: L. Absolutus, p. P. Of absolvere: cf. F. Absolu. See Absolve. In a plane, the two imaginary circular points at infinity; in space of three dimensions, the imaginary circle at infinity. Source: Websters Vocabulary
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