ternary

adjective ter·na·ry \ ˈtər-nə-rē \

Definition of ternary

1 a : of, relating to, or proceeding by threes
b : having three elements, parts, or divisions
c : arranged in threes
  • ternary petals
2 : using three as the base
  • a ternary logarithm
3 a : being or consisting of an alloy of three elements
b : of, relating to, or containing three different elements, atoms, radicals, or groups
  • sulfuric acid is a ternary acid
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


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ternary

adjective ter·na·ry \ ˈtər-nə-rē \

medical Definition of ternary

1 : having three elements, parts, or divisions
2 a : being or consisting of an alloy of three elements
b : of, relating to, or containing three different elements, atoms, radicals, or groups
  • a ternary acid

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