|matrix (ˈmeɪtrɪks, ˈmæ-)|
|—n , pl matrices, matrixes|
|1.||a substance, situation, or environment in which something has its origin, takes form, or is enclosed|
|2.||anatomy the thick tissue at the base of a nail from which a fingernail or toenail develops|
|3.||the intercellular substance of bone, cartilage, connective tissue, etc|
|4.||a. the rock material in which fossils, pebbles, etc, are embedded|
|b. the material in which a mineral is embedded; gangue|
|a. a metal mould for casting type|
|b. Sometimes shortened to: mat a papier-mâché or plastic mould impressed from the forme and used for stereotyping|
|6.||(formerly) a mould used in the production of gramophone records. It is obtained by electrodeposition onto the master|
|7.||a bed of perforated material placed beneath a workpiece in a press or stamping machine against which the punch operates|
|a. the shaped cathode used in electroforming|
|b. the metal constituting the major part of an alloy|
|c. the soft metal in a plain bearing in which the hard particles of surface metal are embedded|
|9.||the main component of a composite material, such as the plastic in a fibre-reinforced plastic|
|10.||maths Compare determinant a rectangular array of elements set out in rows and columns, used to facilitate the solution of problems, such as the transformation of coordinates. Usually indicated by parentheses: (|
|11.||linguistics the main clause of a complex sentence|
|12.||computing a rectangular array of circuit elements usually used to generate one set of signals from another|
|13.||obsolete the womb|
|[C16: from Latin: womb, female animal used for breeding, from māter mother]|
matrix ma·trix (mā'trĭks)
n. pl. ma·trix·es or ma·tri·ces (mā'trĭ-sēz', māt'rĭ-)
A surrounding substance within which something else originates, develops, or is contained.
The formative cells or tissue of a fingernail, toenail, or tooth.
See ground substance.
A specially shaped instrument, plastic material, or metal strip for holding and shaping the material used in filling a tooth cavity.
|matrix (mā'trĭks) Pronunciation Key
Plural matrices (mā'trĭ-sēz', māt'rĭ-) or matrixes