de·​ter·​mi·​nant | \ di-ˈtər-mə-nənt How to pronounce determinant (audio) \

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

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determinantal \ di-​ˌtər-​mə-​ˈnan-​tᵊl How to pronounce determinantal (audio) \ adjective

Examples of determinant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Develop and launch a statewide, culturally sensitive outreach campaign that educates African Americans and communities of color on COVID-19, health disparities, and social determinants of health. cleveland, "Gov. Mike DeWine announces measures to fight coronavirus in racial minority communities," 21 May 2020 Medical doctors in the Federalist period had no inkling of the patterns and determinants that compose the science of epidemiology. Frederick Kaufman, The New Yorker, "Pandemics Go Hand in Hand with Conspiracy Theories," 13 May 2020 The economic determinants, for example, can relate to disproportionate poverty rates and housing instability. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Deaths from coronavirus in Wisconsin tend to be older men with underlying health issues," 1 Apr. 2020 Representatives will arrive within a determinant timeframe and transport the body. USA TODAY, "What to do if someone dies at home," 25 Mar. 2020 The second and more important facts are the social determinants of health – health inequities stemming from economic stability, education, physical environment, food and access to health care systems, Lewis said. Deon J. Hampton,, "COVID-19 in Ohio hitting African Americans hardest," 9 Apr. 2020 Disparity gaps also exist in economics, transportation, food security, housing, jobs – all social determinants of health – and co-morbidities offers grim predictions for the outcomes of this population. Rachel Dissell, cleveland, "Ohio releases demographic data on coronavirus cases, deaths for the first time," 6 Apr. 2020 The grim reality reflected in those limited statistics fits with longstanding research on the social determinants of health as well as the very specific risk factors that come into play for the spread of the coronavirus. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, "‘We’re flying blind’: African Americans may be bearing the brunt of Covid-19, but access to data are limited," 6 Apr. 2020 Gasoline-price inputs Crude oil itself isn't the only determinant of gasoline prices, which partly explains price variations among states. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Arizona gas prices are dropping slowly, despite big fall in cost of oil," 21 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of determinant

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for determinant

see determine

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26 May 2020

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“Determinant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of determinant

formal : a thing that controls or influences what happens


de·​ter·​mi·​nant | \ di-ˈtərm-(ə-)nənt How to pronounce determinant (audio) \

Medical Definition of determinant

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

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