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reduction

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noun re·duc·tion \ri-ˈdək-shən\

Simple Definition of reduction

  • : the act of making something smaller in size, amount, number, etc. : the act of reducing something

  • : an amount by which something is reduced

Full Definition of reduction

  1. 1 :  the act or process of reducing :  the state of being reduced

  2. 2 a :  something made by reducing b :  the amount by which something is reduced

  3. 3 [Spanish reducción, from Latin reduction-, reductio] :  a South American Indian settlement directed by Jesuit missionaries

  4. 4 :  meiosis 2; specifically :  production of the gametic chromosome number in the first meiotic division

re·duc·tion·al play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of reduction

  1. a drastic reduction in size

  2. Many voters want to see some reduction of the deficit.

  3. There is a 20 percent reduction on selected items during this sale.



Origin of reduction

Middle English reduccion restoration, from Middle French reducion, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin reduction-, reductio reduction (in a syllogism), from Latin, restoration, from reducere


First Known Use: 15th century

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reduction

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noun re·duc·tion \ri-ˈdək-shən\

Medical Definition of reduction

  1. 1:  the replacement or realignment of a body part in normal position or restoration of a bodily condition to normal

  2. 2:  the process of reducing by chemical or electrochemical means

  3. 3:  the psychological diminishment of emotion or needs through activity or adjustment

  4. 4:  meiosis; specifically :  production of the gametic chromosome number in the first meiotic division





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