# exponent

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## exponent

[ikspō′nənt]

a superscript on a number that indicates how many times a number is to be multiplied by itself (for example, 3

^{4}= 3 × 3 × 3 × 3 = 81). In medical or scientific reports, powers of 10 are commonly used to indicate very large or very small numbers, such as in the examples 10^{6}representing 1,000,000 or 10^{-6}representing 1/1,000,000. Exponents also are indicated by prefixes, such as mega- for 10^{6}and micro- for 10^{-6}.## exponent

(ĕks′pō-nĕnt)In mathematics, the number that indicates the power to which another number is to be raised. It is written as a superscript (e.g., 10

^{2}or x^{2}indicates that 10 and x are to be squared, or multiplied by themselves). The exponent can have any numerical value and may be positive or negative; it does not have to be a whole number.## exponent

a number or quantity placed as a superscript to the right of another number or quantity, indicating how many times the number is to be multiplied by itself. For example, 106.Want to thank TFD for its existence? Tell a friend about us, add a link to this page, or visit the webmaster's page for free fun content.

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