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1with object To detach or separate by constriction of a part; to produce or release by abstriction. Usually in pass.
2no object To split off (from), especially by constriction of a part.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Alfred Bennett (1833–1902), botanist and publisher. From ab- + classical Latin strict-, past participial stem of stringere to bind, perhaps after abstriction.
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