# Cartesian coordinate system

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## Cartesian coordinate system

n.
A coordinate system in which the coordinates of a point are its distances from a set of perpendicular lines that intersect at an origin, such as two lines in a plane or three in space.

## Car·te·sian coordinate system

(kär-tē′zhən)
A system in which the location of a point is given by coordinates that represent its distances from perpendicular lines that intersect at a point called the origin. A Cartesian coordinate system in a plane has two perpendicular lines (the x-axis and y-axis); in three-dimensional space, it has three (the x-axis, y-axis, and z-axis).
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 Noun 1 Cartesian coordinate system - a coordinate system for which the coordinates of a point are its distances from a set perpendicular lines that intersect at the origin of the systemcoordinate system, frame of reference, reference frame, reference system - a system that uses coordinates to establish position
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In other words, the trace of the purely real cubic polynomial, as first presented in the Cartesian x-y plane in Figure 2, is found in the GA plane (see Figure 4).
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The movement of calcium waves through the embryo can be roughly assessed by eye in the time lapse movies, and more precisely, either by comparing the time coordinates of peaks at different X-Y-Z locations (not shown), or by reslicing an X-Y time series along a line in the X-Y plane (Fig.

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