ternary

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adjective ter·na·ry \ˈtər-nə-rē\

Definition of ternary

  1. 1a :  of, relating to, or proceeding by threesb :  having three elements, parts, or divisionsc :  arranged in threes ternary petals

  2. 2 :  using three as the base a ternary logarithm

  3. 3a :  being or consisting of an alloy of three elementsb :  of, relating to, or containing three different elements, atoms, radicals, or groups sulfuric acid is a ternary acid

  4. 4 :  third in order or rank

Origin and Etymology of ternary

Middle English, from Latin ternarius, from terni three each; akin to Latin tres three — more at three


First Known Use: 15th century


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ternary

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adjective ter·na·ry \ˈtər-nə-rē\

Medical Definition of ternary

  1. 1:  having three elements, parts, or divisions

  2. 2a:  being or consisting of an alloy of three elementsb:  of, relating to, or containing three different elements, atoms, radicals, or groups a ternary acid

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