determinant

noun de·ter·mi·nant \ di-ˈtər-mə-nənt \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of determinant

1 : an element that identifies or determines the nature of something or that fixes or conditions an outcome
  • education level as a determinant of income
2 mathematics : a square array of numbers bordered on the left and right by a vertical line and having a value equal to the algebraic sum of all possible products where the number of factors in each product is the same as the number of rows or columns, each factor in a given product is taken from a different row and column, and the sign of a product is positive or negative depending upon whether the number of permutations necessary to place the indices representing each factor's position in its row or column in the order of the natural numbers is odd or even
3 genetics : gene
  • the determinant of the sickle-cell trait
4 biology : epitope

determinantal

play \-ˌtər-mə-ˈnan-tᵊl\ adjective

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DETERMINANT Defined for English Language Learners

determinant

noun

Definition of determinant for English Language Learners

  • : a thing that controls or influences what happens


Medical Dictionary

determinant

noun de·ter·mi·nant \ di-ˈtərm-(ə-)nənt \

medical Definition of determinant

1 a : a hypothetical aggregate of biophores conceived as comparable to the gene of more recent biological theory
b : gene
2 : epitope


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