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Topic: NUMBERS

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Modern Latin
Origin: coefficiens, from Latin co- ( CO-) + efficiens ( EFFICIENT)

coefficient

noun
     
co‧ef‧fi‧cient [countable] technical
HMN the number by which an unknown quantity is multiplied:
In 8pq, the coefficient of pq is 8.
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