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Definition of Abstemious

Abstemious: Marked by restraint, especially in the consumption of food or alcohol.

From the Latin prefix "abs-," meaning "from" or "away," and the Latin noun "temetum," meaning "intoxicating drink."

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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