# binomial

[bahy-noh-mee-uh l]

- Algebra. an expression that is a sum or difference of two terms, as 3x + 2y and x2 − 4x.
- Zoology, Botany. a taxonomic name consisting of a generic and a specific term, used to designate species.

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- Algebra. consisting of or pertaining to two terms or a binomial.
- Zoology, Botany. consisting of or characterized by binomials.

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## Origin of binomial^{}

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#### A binomial in algebra is a quantity consisting of two terms.

OrthographyElmer W. Cavins

#### The dot is used to indicate that the root of the binomial (not of 136 alone) is called for.

William OughtredFlorian Cajori

#### You might as well try to rush the Proof of the Binomial Theorem.

The Eulogy of Richard JefferiesWalter Besant

#### Review the method of finding the square root of a binomial surd.

A Review of AlgebraRomeyn Henry Rivenburg

#### (a) Write the middle term of the expansion of by the binomial theorem.

A Review of AlgebraRomeyn Henry Rivenburg

## binomial

- a mathematical expression consisting of two terms, such as 3 x + 2 y
- a two-part taxonomic name for an animal or plantSee binomial nomenclature

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- referring to two names or terms

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## Word Origin

C16: from Medieval Latin binōmius from bi- 1 + Latin nōmen name

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## Word Origin and History for binomial

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## binomial

(bī-nō′mē-əl)- Consisting of two terms or names, such as the genus and species names of organisms.

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- A taxonomic name used in binomial nomenclature.

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## binomial

[bī-nō′mē-əl]

- A mathematical expression that is the sum of two monomials, such as 3a + 2b.

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