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[ahy-guh n-fuhngk-shuh n]
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noun Mathematics.
  1. a characteristic vector in a vector space in which the elements are functions.
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Origin of eigenfunction

1925–30; < German Eigenfunktion, equivalent to eigen- characteristic, particular + Funktion function
Also called proper function.
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British Dictionary definitions for eigenfunction


  1. maths physics a function satisfying a differential equation, esp an allowed function for a system in wave mechanics
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