First Known Use: 1666

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# calculus

## calculus

*noun*cal·cu·lus \-ləs\

: an advanced branch of mathematics that deals mostly with rates of change and with finding lengths, areas, and volumes

*plural*

**cal·cu·li**\-ˌlī, -ˌlē\

*also*

**cal·cu·lus·es**

## Full Definition of *CALCULUS*

1

*a*

**:**a method of computation or calculation in a special notation (as of logic or symbolic logic)

*b*

**:**the mathematical methods comprising differential and integral calculus —often used with

*the*

2

3

*a*

**:**a concretion usually of mineral salts around organic material found especially in hollow organs or ducts

*b*

**:**

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4

**:**a system or arrangement of intricate or interrelated parts

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## Examples of *CALCULUS*

- <by my
*calculus*the more efficient air conditioner will have paid for itself within a span of five years>

## Origin of *CALCULUS*

Latin, stone (used in reckoning)

## Related to *CALCULUS*

- Synonyms
- arithmetic, calculation, ciphering, computation, figures, figuring, math, mathematics, number crunching, numbers, reckoning

## Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

## calculus

*noun*cal·cu·lus \-ləs\

*(Medical Dictionary)*

*plural*

**cal·cu·li**\-ˌlī, -ˌlē\

*also*

**cal·cu·lus·es**

## Medical Definition of *CALCULUS *

1

**:**a concretion usually of mineral salts around organic material found especially in hollow organs or ducts

2

**:**a concretion on teeth

**:**tartar

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