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# calculus

[ **kal**-ky*uh*-l*uh*s ]

## noun

,

*plural***cal·cu·li**[kal, -ky, uh, -lahy],**cal·cu·lus·es.***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.*

calculus

/ ˈkælkjʊləs /

## noun

- 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 system Compare formal language
- -li-ˌlaɪ pathol a stonelike concretion of minerals and salts found in ducts or hollow organs of the body

calculus

/ kăl**′**kyə-ləs /

, Plural *calculi* kăl**′**kyə-lī′

- 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
- 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

calculus

- The branch of mathematics , usually studied after algebra , that provides a natural method for describing gradual change.

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## Notes

Most modern sciences use calculus.

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## Word History and Origins

Origin of calculus^{1}

1610–20; <

*Latin:*pebble, small stone (used in reckoning), equivalent to*calc-*(stem of*calx*stone) +*-ulus*-uleDiscover More

## Word History and Origins

Origin of calculus^{1}

C17: from Latin: pebble, stone used in reckoning, from

*calx*small stone, counterAdvertisement

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