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# binomial

[ bahy-noh-mee-uhl ]

/ baɪˈnoʊ mi əl /

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noun

Algebra. an expression that is a sum or difference of two terms, as 3x + 2y and x2 − 4x.

Zoology, Botany. a taxonomic name consisting of a generic and a specific term, used to designate species.

adjective

Algebra. consisting of or pertaining to two terms or a binomial.

Zoology, Botany. consisting of or characterized by binomials.

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## Origin of binomial

## OTHER WORDS FROM binomial

bi·no·mi·al·ism, nounbi·no·mi·al·ly, adverb## Words nearby binomial

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## British Dictionary definitions for binomial

binomial

/ (baɪˈnəʊmɪəl) /

noun

a mathematical expression consisting of two terms, such as 3 x + 2 y

a two-part taxonomic name for an animal or plantSee binomial nomenclature

adjective

referring to two names or terms

## Derived forms of binomial

binomially, adverb## Word Origin for binomial

C16: from Medieval Latin binōmius from bi- 1 + Latin nōmen name

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## Medical definitions for binomial

binomial

[ bī-nō′mē-əl ]

adj.

Consisting of two terms or names, such as the genus and species names of organisms.

n.

A taxonomic name used in binomial nomenclature.

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## Scientific definitions for binomial

binomial

[ bī-nō′mē-əl ]

A mathematical expression that is the sum of two monomials, such as 3a + 2b.

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