[rad-i-kand, rad-i-kand]

noun Mathematics.

the quantity under a radical sign.

Origin of radicand

1895–1900; < Latin rādīcandum, neuter gerundive of rādīcāre, derivative of rādīx root1
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British Dictionary definitions for radicand



a number or quantity from which a root is to be extracted, usually preceded by a radical sign3 is the radicand of √3

Word Origin for radicand

C20: from Latin rādīcandum, literally: that which is to be rooted, from rādīcāre to take root, from rādīx root
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Word Origin and History for radicand

the number under a radical sign, from Latin radicandus, gerundive of radicare (see radicant).

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radicand in Science



The number or expression that is written under a radical sign, such as the 3 in √3.
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