ex·​tre·​mum ik-ˈstrē-məm How to pronounce extremum (audio)
plural extrema ik-ˈstrē-mə How to pronounce extremum (audio)
: a maximum or a minimum of a mathematical function

called also extreme value

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, neuter of extremus

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of extremum was in 1904

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“Extremum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extremum. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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