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Algebra arabice dislocatio membrorum interdum pro ipsorum restauratione accipitur.


restauratione ACH | -tiõe B | -ciõe f | desictatorum? e


Algebra is Arabic for dislocation of limbs, sometimes it also stands for the putting back in place of dislocated limbs.


Derived from the root √ğbr, meaning acc. to Wehr (1976) "to set (broken bones), restore", etc. comes the noun ﺍﻟﺠﺒﺮ /al-ğabr/ originally "setting (of broken bones)" and hence "restoration, restorative". The word is of course best known from mathematics: algebra, the restoration of missing entities in equations.

Simon uses the Medieval Latin term dislocatio rather than classic luxatio or luxatura, which by then was apparently obsolete.

WilfGunther 17/03/13

See also: Luxatio

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