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[rey-shoh, -shee-oh] /ˈreɪ ʃoʊ, -ʃiˌoʊ/
noun, plural ratios.
the relation between two similar magnitudes with respect to the number of times the first contains the second:
the ratio of 5 to 2, written 5:2 or 5/2.
proportional relation; rate:
the ratio between acceptances and rejections.
Finance. the relative value of gold and silver in a bimetallic currency system.
Origin of ratio
1630-40; < Latin ratiō a reckoning, account, calculation, derivative (see -tion) of the base of rērī to judge, think Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for ratios


noun (pl) -tios
a measure of the relative size of two classes expressible as a proportion: the ratio of boys to girls is 2 to 1
(maths) a quotient of two numbers or quantities See also proportion (sense 6)
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: a reckoning, from rērī to think; see reason
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Word Origin and History for ratios



1630s, "reason, rationale," from Latin ratio "reckoning, numbering, calculation; business affair, procedure," also "reason, reasoning, judgment, understanding," from rat-, past participle stem of reri "to reckon, calculate," also "think" (see reason (n.)). Mathematical sense "relationship between two numbers" is attested from 1650s.

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ratios in Medicine

ratio ra·tio (rā'shō, rā'shē-ō')
n. pl. ra·tios

  1. Relation in degree or number between two similar things.

  2. The relation between two quantities expressed as the quotient of one divided by the other.

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ratios in Science
  (rā'shō, rā'shē-ō')   
A relationship between two quantities, normally expressed as the quotient of one divided by the other. For example, if a box contains six red marbles and four blue marbles, the ratio of red marbles to blue marbles is 6 to 4, also written 6:4. A ratio can also be expressed as a decimal or percentage.
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ratios in Culture
ratio [(ray-shee-oh, ray-shoh)]

An expression of the relative size of two numbers by showing one divided by the other.

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