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binomial

[bahy-noh-mee-uh l] /baɪˈnoʊ mi əl/
noun
1.
Algebra. an expression that is a sum or difference of two terms, as 3 x + 2 y and x 2 − 4 x.
2.
Zoology, Botany. a taxonomic name consisting of a generic and a specific term, used to designate species.
adjective
3.
Algebra. consisting of or pertaining to two terms or a binomial.
4.
Zoology, Botany. consisting of or characterized by binomials.
Origin
1550-1560
1550-60; < Late Latin binōmi(us) having two names (compare Latin binōminis) + -al1. See bi-1, nominal
Related forms
binomialism, noun
binomially, adverb
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Examples for binomial
  • Ultimately, even our higher thought processes can be reduced to the same binomial reductionism.
  • And so on for each successive locus, resulting in a biological binomial distribution.
  • binomial nomenclature helps us to understand the relationship between animals.
  • When dealing with large populations, the sample size is determined using the normal approximation to the binomial distribution.
  • The list of factorial and binomial topics contains a large number of related links.
British Dictionary definitions for binomial

binomial

/baɪˈnəʊmɪəl/
noun
1.
a mathematical expression consisting of two terms, such as 3x + 2y
2.
a two-part taxonomic name for an animal or plant See binomial nomenclature
adjective
3.
referring to two names or terms
Derived Forms
binomially, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin binōmius from bi-1 + Latin nōmenname
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Contemporary definitions for binomial
noun

See binominal name

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Word Origin and History for binomial
binomial
1550s, from L.L. binomius "having two personal names" (from bi- + nomius, from nomen; see name). Taken up 16c. in the algebraic sense "consisting of two terms."
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binomial in Medicine

binomial bi·no·mi·al (bī-nō'mē-əl)
adj.
Consisting of two terms or names, such as the genus and species names of organisms. n.
A taxonomic name used in binomial nomenclature.

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binomial in Science
binomial
  (bī-nō'mē-əl)   
A mathematical expression that is the sum of two monomials, such as 3a + 2b.
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