|a. a numerical or constant factor in an algebraic term: the coefficient of the term 3xyz is 3|
|b. the product of all the factors of a term excluding one or more specified variables: the coefficient of x in 3axyz is 3ayz|
|2.||physics a value that relates one physical quantity to another|
|[C17: from New Latin coefficiēns, from Latin co- together + efficere to |
coefficient co·ef·fi·cient (kō'ə-fĭsh'ənt)
The mathematical expression of the amount or degree of any quality possessed by a substance, or of the degree of physical or chemical change normally occurring in that substance under stated conditions.
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