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determinant

[dih-tur-muh-nuh nt] /dɪˈtɜr mə nənt/
noun
1.
a determining agent or factor.
2.
Mathematics. an algebraic expression of the sum of products of elements, each with an appropriate algebraic sign, usually written in a square array and used in the solution of systems of linear equations.
3.
Also called antigenic determinant, epitope. Immunology. any site on an antigen molecule at which an antibody can bind, the chemical structure of the site determining the specific combining antibody.
4.
Genetics Archaic. a gene.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin dēterminant- (stem of dētermināns), present participle of dētermināre. See determine, -ant
Related forms
nondeterminant, noun
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  • Your ability to learn the ropes and pick up on things quickly will be one of the prime determinants of your success.
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  • They consider inflation's principal determinants to be the gap between aggregate supply and demand and the public's expectations.
  • None of these trends are irreversible, and they are not in themselves determinants of victory.
  • We should not be relying on the idea that genes are determinants of our health.
British Dictionary definitions for determinants

determinant

/dɪˈtɜːmɪnənt/
adjective
1.
serving to determine or affect
noun
2.
a factor, circumstance, etc, that influences or determines
3.
(maths) a square array of elements that represents the sum of certain products of these elements, used to solve simultaneous equations, in vector studies, etc Compare matrix (sense 9)
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Word Origin and History for determinants

determinant

c.1600 (adj.); 1680s (n.), from Latin determinantem (nominative determinans), present participle of determinare (see determine).

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determinants in Medicine

determinant de·ter·mi·nant (dĭ-tûr'mə-nənt)
n.

  1. An influencing or determining element or factor.

  2. Antigenic determinant.

adj.
Tending or serving to determine.
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