matrix

[ mey-triks, ma- ]
/ ˈmeɪ trɪks, ˈmæ- /

noun, plural ma·tri·ces [mey-tri-seez, ma-] /ˈmeɪ trɪˌsiz, ˈmæ-/, ma·trix·es.

Origin of matrix

1325–75; Middle English matris, matrix < Latin mātrix female animal kept for breeding (Late Latin: register, orig. of such beasts), parent stem (of plants), derivative of māter mother
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British Dictionary definitions for matrices (1 of 2)

matrices

/ (ˈmeɪtrɪˌsiːz, ˈmæ-) /

noun

a plural of matrix

British Dictionary definitions for matrices (2 of 2)

matrix

/ (ˈmeɪtrɪks, ˈmæ-) /

noun plural matrices (ˈmeɪtrɪˌsiːz, ˈmæ-) or matrixes


Word Origin for matrix

C16: from Latin: womb, female animal used for breeding, from māter mother
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Medicine definitions for matrices

matrix

[ mātrĭks ]

n. pl. ma•trix•es

A surrounding substance within which something else originates, develops, or is contained.
The womb.
The formative cells or tissue of a fingernail, toenail, or tooth.
ground substance
A specially shaped instrument, plastic material, or metal strip for holding and shaping the material used in filling a tooth cavity.

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Science definitions for matrices

matrix

[ mātrĭks ]

Plural matrices (trĭ-sēz′, mătrĭ-) matrixes

Geology The mineral grains of a rock in which fossils are embedded.
Biology The component of an animal or plant tissue that is outside the cells. Bone cells are embedded in a matrix of collagen fibers and mineral salts. Connective tissue consists of cells and extracellular fibers in a liquid called ground substance. Also called extracellular matrix
Mathematics A rectangular array of numeric or algebraic quantities subject to mathematical operations.
Anatomy The formative cells or tissue of a fingernail, toenail, or tooth.

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