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matrix [ˈmeɪtrɪks ˈmæ-]
n pl matrices [ˈmeɪtrɪˌsiːz ˈmæ-], matrixes
1. a substance, situation, or environment in which something has its origin, takes form, or is enclosed
2. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Anatomy) Anatomy the thick tissue at the base of a nail from which a fingernail or toenail develops
3. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Biology) the intercellular substance of bone, cartilage, connective tissue, etc.
4. (Earth Sciences / Geological Science)
a. the rock material in which fossils, pebbles, etc., are embedded
b. the material in which a mineral is embedded; gangue
5. (Communication Arts / Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) Printing
a. a metal mould for casting type
b. a papier-mâché or plastic mould impressed from the forme and used for stereotyping Sometimes shortened to mat
6. (Electronics) (formerly) a mould used in the production of gramophone records. It is obtained by electrodeposition onto the master
7. (Engineering / Mechanical Engineering) a bed of perforated material placed beneath a workpiece in a press or stamping machine against which the punch operates
8. (Engineering / Metallurgy) Metallurgy
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. (Chemistry) the main component of a composite material, such as the plastic in a fibre-reinforced plastic
10. (Mathematics) Maths 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: () Compare determinant 
11. (Linguistics) Linguistics the main clause of a complex sentence
12. (Electronics & Computer Science / Computer Science) Computing a rectangular array of circuit elements usually used to generate one set of signals from another
13. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Anatomy) Obsolete the womb
[from Latin: womb, female animal used for breeding, from māter mother]
ma•trix (ˈmeɪ trɪks, ˈmæ-)
n., pl. ma•tri•ces (ˈmeɪ trɪˌsiz, ˈmæ-) ma•trix•es.
1. something that constitutes the place or point from which something else originates.
2. a formative tissue, as the epithelium from which nails grow.
a. the intercellular substance of a tissue.
4. the fine-grained portion of a rock in which coarser crystals or rock fragments are embedded.
6. a crystalline phase in an alloy in which other phases are embedded.
7. a mold for casting typefaces.
8. (in a press or stamping machine) a multiple die or perforated block on which the material to be formed is placed.
9. a rectangular array of numbers, algebraic symbols, or mathematical functions, esp. when such arrays are added and multiplied according to certain rules.
10. a similar rectangular array consisting of rows and columns of numbers, symbols, etc., used in displaying statistical variables, linguistic features, or other data.
[1325–75; < Latin mātrīx female animal kept for breeding (Late Latin: register, orig. of such beasts), parent stem (of plants), derivative of māter mother]
matrix - From Latin, meaning "breeding female," it originally was used for the uterus or womb, then for a supporting or enclosing structure.
See also related terms for womb.
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