extremum

noun
ex·​tre·​mum | \ ik-ˈstrē-məm How to pronounce extremum (audio) \
plural extrema\ ik-​ˈstrē-​mə How to pronounce extrema (audio) \

Definition of extremum

: a maximum or a minimum of a mathematical function

called also extreme value

First Known Use of extremum

1904, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for extremum

New Latin, from Latin, neuter of extremus

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