- Mathematics. a method of calculation, especially one of several highly systematic methods of treating problems by a special system of algebraic notations, as differential or integral calculus.
- Pathology. a stone, or concretion, formed in the gallbladder, kidneys, or other parts of the body.
- Also called tartar. Dentistry. a hard, yellowish to brownish-black deposit on teeth formed largely through the mineralization of dead bacteria in dental plaques by the calcium salts in salivary secretions and subgingival transudates.
- calculation; estimation or computation: the calculus of political appeal.
Origin of calculus
Related Words for calculuscalculation, calculus, geometry, math, algebra, division, addition, multiplication, subtraction, numbers, trigonometry, concretion, cystolith, bilestone
Examples from the Web for calculus
Contemporary Examples of calculus
With other emerging allies the calculus is trickier and leaves less margin for error.America Has an Unannounced ISIS Strategy, And It Involves Iran
September 6, 2014
Politics also played a role in the calculus of the Arab Muslims who supported ISIS.On the Ground, Collaborators With ISIS Could Be Its Big Weakness
Christine van den Toorn
August 30, 2014
More significantly, the calculus of holding territory has now changed.ISIS Risks Everything to Declare a Caliphate
June 29, 2014
This calculus is loaded with all kinds of assumptions (which may in fact be true) about the ongoing prejudices of white America.Oprah’s One of the Few People Rich Enough—And Safe Enough—to Buy the Clippers
May 1, 2014
As a Jew committed to halakhah, I admit I do not understand this calculus.The Chief Rabbinate Proves Jews Would Be Better Off without It
October 21, 2013
Historical Examples of calculus
Nor have we any form of calculus or computation that can easily be applied.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice
Crushing of the calculus in the bladder, and removal piecemeal.A Manual of the Operations of Surgery
Which, when the calculus is done,Quite demonstrates the Pole.The Book of Humorous Verse
Calculus—A stone found in the bladder, gall-ducts and kidneys.Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners
Craig's works on the calculus brought him into controversy with them.A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)
Augustus De Morgan
- a branch of mathematics, developed independently by Newton and Leibniz. Both differential calculus and integral calculus are concerned with the effect on a function of an infinitesimal change in the independent variable as it tends to zero
- any mathematical system of calculation involving the use of symbols
- logic an uninterpreted formal systemCompare formal language (def. 2)
- plural -li (-ˌlaɪ) pathol a stonelike concretion of minerals and salts found in ducts or hollow organs of the body
Word Origin for calculus
Word Origin and History for calculus
1660s, from Latin calculus "reckoning, account," originally "pebble used as a reckoning counter," diminutive of calx (genitive calcis) "limestone" (see chalk (n.)). Modern mathematical sense is a shortening of differential calculus. Also used from 1732 to mean kidney stones, etc., then generally for "concretion occurring accidentally in the animal body," such as dental plaque. Related: Calculous (adj.).
- An abnormal concretion in the body, usually formed of mineral salts and most commonly found in the gallbladder, kidney, or urinary bladder.stone
- Dental tartar.
- The branch of mathematics that deals with limits and the differentiation and integration of functions of one or more variables. See more at calculus of variations differential calculus integral calculus.
- A solid mass, usually composed of inorganic material, formed in a cavity or tissue of the body. Calculi are most commonly found in the gallbladder, kidney, or urinary bladder. Also called stone