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parity

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noun par·i·ty \ˈper-ə-tē, ˈpa-rə-\

Definition of parity

plural par·i·ties

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being equal or equivalent

  2. 2 a :  equivalence of a commodity price expressed in one currency to its price expressed in another b :  equality of purchasing power established by law between different kinds of money at a given ratio

  3. 3 :  an equivalence between farmers' current purchasing power and their purchasing power at a selected base period maintained by government support of agricultural commodity prices

  4. 4 a :  the property of an integer with respect to being odd or even <3 and 7 have the same parity> b (1) :  the state of being odd or even used as the basis of a method of detecting errors in binary-coded data (2) :  parity bit

  5. 5 :  the property of oddness or evenness of a quantum mechanical function

  6. 6 :  the symmetry of behavior in an interaction of a physical entity (as a subatomic particle) with that of its mirror image



Origin of parity

Latin paritas, from par equal


First Known Use: 1608


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parity

noun par·i·ty

Definition of parity

  1. :  the state or fact of having borne offspring; also :  the number of children previously borne



Origin of parity

-parous


First Known Use: 1878


Medical Dictionary

parity

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noun par·i·ty \ˈpar-ət-ē\

Medical Definition of parity

plural par·i·ties

  1. 1:  the state or fact of having borne offspring <diagnosis of parity or nulliparity>

  2. 2:  the number of times a female has given birth counting multiple births as one and usually including stillbirths <gravidity and parity were highly correlated>—compare gravidity 2






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