coefficient

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co·ef·fi·cient

noun \ˌkō-ə-ˈfi-shənt\

mathematics : a number by which another number or symbol is multiplied

physics : a number that is used to measure some property or characteristic of a substance

Full Definition of COEFFICIENT

1
:  any of the factors of a product considered in relation to a specific factor; especially :  a constant factor of a term as distinguished from a variable
2
a :  a number that serves as a measure of some property or characteristic (as of a substance, device, or process) <coefficient of expansion of a metal>
b :  measure

Examples of COEFFICIENT

  1. 5 is the coefficient of y in the term 5y.
  2. the metal's coefficient of expansion

Origin of COEFFICIENT

New Latin coefficient-, coefficiens, from Latin co- + efficient-, efficiens efficient
First Known Use: circa 1715

co·ef·fi·cient

noun \ˌkō-ə-ˈfish-ənt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of COEFFICIENT

: a number that serves as a measure of some property (as of a substance) or characteristic (as of a device or process) and that is commonly used as a factor in computations <the coefficient of expansion of a metal>—see absorption coefficient

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