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the mean obtained by adding several quantities together and dividing the sum by the number of quantities:

the arithmetic mean of 1, 5, 2, and 8 is 4.

Also called average.

Origin of arithmetic mean

1790-1800

British Dictionary definitions for arithmetic mean

1.

an average value of a set of integers, terms, or quantities, expressed as their sum divided by their number: the arithmetic mean of 3, 4, and 8 is 5 Often shortened to mean Also called average Compare geometric mean

arithmetic mean in Medicine

**arithmetic mean** a·rith·me·tic mean (ə-rĭth'mĭ-tĭk)*n.*

The value obtained by calculating the sum of a set of quantities and then dividing that sum by the number of quantities in the set. Also called *average***.**

arithmetic mean in Science

arithmetic mean (ār'ĭth-mět'ĭk) The value obtained by dividing the sum of a set of quantities by the number of quantities in the set. For example, if there are three test scores 70, 83, and 90, the arithmetic mean of the scores is their sum (243) divided by the number of scores (3), or 81. See more at mean. Compare average, median, mode. |

arithmetic mean in Technology

mathematics

The mean of a list of N numbers calculated by dividing their sum by N. The arithmetic mean is appropriate for sets of numbers that are added together or that form an arithmetic series. If all the numbers in the list were changed to their arithmetic mean then their total would stay the same.

For sets of numbers that are multiplied together, the geometric mean is more appropriate.

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