Use the adjective abstract for something that is not a material object or is general and not based on specific examples.
Abstract is from a Latin word meaning “pulled away, detached,” and the basic idea is of something detached from physical, or concrete, reality. It is frequently used of ideas, meaning that they don’t have a clear applicability to real life, and of art, meaning that it doesn’t pictorially represent reality. It is also used as a noun, especially in the phrase “in the abstract” (a joke has a person laying down a new sidewalk saying “I like little boys in the abstract, but not in the concrete”), and as a verb (accented on the second syllable), meaning “to remove.”
We see the advantage of viewing in the concrete what mankind regard only in the abstract.
If we say ‘Not pleasure, not virtue, not wisdom, nor yet any quality which we can abstract from these’—what then?
Abstracts from CROI can be viewed in the searchable database once they have been presented at the conference. Abstracts and electronic posters from CROI 2014 to the most recent CROI are available.
The Annual Conference
This year we are running one single abstract call that is open from 1 June until 14 September. We welcome abstracts in all areas related to infectious disease prevention and control, including epidemiology, public health microbiology, surveillance, and the application of tools and methods to support infectious disease outbreaks or interventions.
Submitting an abstract to ESCAIDE gives an opportunity to present work to public health professionals from Europe and around the globe, and share experiences and knowledge that can benefit the whole public health community and not only.