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optimum

noun op·ti·mum \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
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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
OPTIMUMS Defined for Kids

optimum

adjective op·ti·mum \ˈäp-tə-məm\

Definition of OPTIMUM for Kids

:  most desirable or satisfactory <The shuttle is launched only under optimum conditions.>
Medical Dictionary

optimum

noun op·ti·mum \ˈäp-tə-məm\
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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