optimum


op·ti·mum

noun \ˈäp-tə-məm\

: the amount or degree of something that is best or most effective

plural op·ti·ma\-mə\ also op·ti·mums

Full Definition of OPTIMUM

1
:  the amount or degree of something that is most favorable to some end; especially :  the most favorable condition for the growth and reproduction of an organism
2
:  greatest degree attained or attainable under implied or specified conditions
optimum adjective

Examples of OPTIMUM

  1. The substances were mixed in various proportions until an optimum was reached.

Origin of OPTIMUM

Latin
First Known Use: 1879

Other Biology Terms

autochthonous, fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate

op·ti·mum

noun \ˈäp-tə-məm\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural op·ti·ma \-mə\ also op·ti·mums

Medical Definition of OPTIMUM

1
: the amount or degree of something that is most favorable to some end; especially : the most favorable condition for the growth and reproduction of an organism
2
: greatest degree attained or attainable under implied or specified conditions
optimum adjective

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