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Riemann surface

noun, Mathematics.
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a geometric representation of a function of a complex variable in which a multiple-valued function is depicted as a single-valued function on several planes, the planes being connected at some of the points at which the function takes on more than one value.
Origin of Riemann surface
1890-1895
First recorded in 1890-95; named after G. F. B. Riemann
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