noun \ab-ˈsi-sə\
plural abscissas also ab·scis·sae\-ˈsi-(ˌ)sē\

Definition of ABSCISSA

:  the horizontal coordinate of a point in a plane Cartesian coordinate system obtained by measuring parallel to the x-axis — compare ordinate

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Origin of ABSCISSA

New Latin, from Latin, feminine of abscissus, past participle of abscindere to cut off, from ab- + scindere to cut — more at shed
First Known Use: 1694

Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

denominator, divisor, equilateral, exponent, hypotenuse, logarithm, oblique, radii, rhomb

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