ra·​dix | \ ˈrā-diks How to pronounce radix (audio) \
plural radices\ ˈrā-​də-​ˌsēz How to pronounce radix (audio) , ˈra-​ \ or radixes\ ˈrā-​dik-​səz How to pronounce radix (audio) \

Definition of radix

1 : the base of a number system or of logarithms
2 : the primary source

Examples of radix in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Radical’ comes from the Latin word radix, for root, and that’s exactly what this is: change at the root. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 11 Apr. 2022

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First Known Use of radix

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for radix

Latin, root — more at root

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Last Updated

18 Apr 2022

Cite this Entry

“Radix.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/radix. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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ra·​dix | \ ˈrād-iks How to pronounce radix (audio) \
plural radices\ ˈrād-​ə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce radix (audio) , ˈrad-​ How to pronounce radix (audio) \ or radixes\ ˈrād-​ik-​səz How to pronounce radix (audio) \

Medical Definition of radix

: the base or root of something (as a plant or a cranial or spinal nerve)

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