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Flora8850

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Chinese
According to Merriam-Webster's dictionary, the word "abstracts" has two main meanings
1 : a brief written statement of the main points or facts in a longer report, speech, etc.
2 : an abstract work of art (such as a painting): an artist admired for his abstracts

But I'm not sure either one is suitable for the word "abstracts" in the context below
Our #bioethics program at the Icahn School of Medicine will be hosting the Fourth Annual #Medical Students #Ethics Conference on Saturday, November 16! We will be soliciting abstracts - summit your #abstracts to this email by August 18

Either a brief statement or an abstract work of art seems confusing.

So what is the organization soliciting?


Thank you!!
 
  • reno33

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    English - USA
    It is extremely unlikely that the "Icahn School of Medicine" would be soliciting "works of art" (of any kind, abstract or otherwise) for its upcoming conference. No doubt, they are asking for brief statements or summaries of longer medical papers to be presented by participants at the conference.
     

    entangledbank

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    English - South-East England
    An abstract, in this use, is specifically the first part of a scientific paper, which says in (relatively) simple language what we did and what we found, and therefore why you might want to continue reading this paper for the details. It is always published at the beginning of the paper, but it can also be circulated separately so that others can see whether they want to see the whole paper.
     

    Flora8850

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    It is extremely unlikely that the "Icahn School of Medicine" would be soliciting "works of art" (of any kind, abstract or otherwise) for its upcoming conference. No doubt, they are asking for brief statements or summaries of longer medical papers to be presented by participants at the conference.
    Many thanks!
     
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