# C Programming/C Reference/stdlib.h/abs

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Many programming languages have functions that calculate absolute values of numbers, either having the name **abs** or **Abs**. In languages such as C, it has variants for long integers and floating point numbers called **labs** and **fabs**. All the functions take a signed number as a parameter, and returns the absolute value of that number in the same data type.

A very possible implementation of the `abs`

functions, written in pseudo-code, would be:

function abs (number n) { if n >= 0 return n; else return -n; }

### C or C++[edit]

These functions are defined in the standard header `math.h`

for C and `cmath`

for C++:

int abs (int i); long labs (long i); float fabs (float i);