determinant

[ dih-tur-muh-nuhnt ]
/ dɪˈtɜr mə nənt /

noun

a determining agent or factor.
Mathematics. an algebraic expression of the sum of products of elements, each with an appropriate algebraic sign, usually written in a square array and used in the solution of systems of linear equations.
Also called antigenic determinant, ep·i·tope [ep-i-tohp] /ˈɛp ɪˌtoʊp/ .Immunology. any site on an antigen molecule at which an antibody can bind, the chemical structure of the site determining the specific combining antibody.
Genetics Archaic. a gene.

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Origin of determinant

First recorded in 1600–10; from Latin dēterminant- (stem of dētermināns ), present participle of dētermināre; see determine, -ant

OTHER WORDS FROM determinant

non·de·ter·mi·nant, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for determinant

determinant
/ (dɪˈtɜːmɪnənt) /

adjective

serving to determine or affect

noun

a factor, circumstance, etc, that influences or determines
maths a square array of elements that represents the sum of certain products of these elements, used to solve simultaneous equations, in vector studies, etcCompare matrix (def. 9)
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Medical definitions for determinant

determinant
[ dĭ-tûrmə-nənt ]

n.

An influencing or determining element or factor.
Antigenic determinant.

adj.

Tending or serving to determine.
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