discriminants

discriminant

[dih-skrim-uh-nuhnt]
noun Mathematics.
a relatively simple expression that determines some of the properties, as the nature of the roots, of a given equation or function.

Origin:
1830–40; < Latin discrīminant- (stem of discrīmināns) separating, present participle of discrīmināre to divide up, separate, verbal derivative of discrīmen, stem discrīmin- separating line, distinction, equivalent to discrī-, variant stem of discernere (see discern) + -men noun suffix; see -ant

discriminantal [dis-krim-uh-nan-tl] , adjective
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discriminant (dɪˈskrɪmɪnənt)
 
n
an algebraic expression related to the coefficients of a polynomial equation whose value gives information about the roots of the polynomial: b² -- 4ac is the discriminant of ax² + bx + c = 0

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