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An expression used to distinguish or separate other expressions in a quantity or equation.
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(Mathematics) an algebraic expression related to the coefficients of a polynomial equation whose value gives information about the roots of the polynomial: b2 – 4ac is the discriminant of ax2 + bx + c = 0.
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dis•crim•i•nant(dɪˈskrɪm ə nənt)
a relatively simple mathematical expression that determines some of the properties, as the nature of the roots, of a given equation or function.
[1830–40; < Latin discrīminant-, s. of discrīmināns, present participle of discrīmināre to divide up, separate]
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