# harmonic mean

### noun Statistics.

the mean obtained by taking the reciprocal of the arithmetic mean of the reciprocals of a set of nonzero numbers.

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## Origin of harmonic mean

First recorded in 1880–85

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## British Dictionary definitions for harmonic mean

## harmonic mean

### noun

the reciprocal of the arithmetic mean of the reciprocals of a set of specified numbers: the harmonic mean of 2, 3, and 4 is 3(1/2 + 1/3 + 1/4) –1 = 3 6/13

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## Medicine definitions for harmonic mean

## harmonic mean

[ här-mŏn′ĭk ]

### n.

The reciprocal of the arithmetic mean of the reciprocals of a specified set of numbers.

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## Science definitions for harmonic mean

## harmonic mean

The reciprocal of the arithmetic mean of the reciprocals of a specified set of numbers.

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