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coefficient

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noun co·ef·fi·cient \ˌkō-ə-ˈfi-shənt\

Simple Definition of coefficient

  • 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. 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. 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


Medical Dictionary

coefficient

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noun co·ef·fi·cient \ˌkō-ə-ˈfish-ənt\

Medical Definition of coefficient

  1. :  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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