residue

[ rez-i-doo, -dyoo ]
/ ˈrɛz ɪˌdu, -ˌdyu /

noun

something that remains after a part is removed, disposed of, or used; remainder; rest; remnant.
Chemistry.
  1. residuum (def. 2).
  2. an atom or group of atoms considered as a group or part of a molecule.
  3. that part remaining as a solid on a filter paper after a liquid passes through in the filtration procedure.
Law. the part of a testator's estate that remains after the payment of all debts, charges, special devises, and bequests.
Mathematics.
  1. the coefficient of the term with exponent −1 in a Laurent series of a function of a complex variable.
  2. a number related to a given number by a congruence.

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Origin of residue

1300–50; Middle English from Middle French residu from Latin residuum “what is left over”; see residual

SYNONYMS FOR residue

1 remains, residuum.

synonym study for residue

1. See remainder.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH residue

residual, residue .
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British Dictionary definitions for residue

residue
/ (ˈrɛzɪˌdjuː) /

noun

matter remaining after something has been removed
law what is left of an estate after the discharge of debts and distribution of specific gifts

Word Origin for residue

C14: from Old French residu, from Latin residuus remaining over, from residēre to stay behind, reside
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Medical definitions for residue

residue
[ rĕzĭ-dōō′ ]

n.

The remainder of something after removal of parts or a part.
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