# polynomial

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## polynomial

(pŏl′ē-nō′mē-əl)*adj.*

Of, relating to, or consisting of more than two names or terms.

*n.*

**1.**A taxonomic designation consisting of more than two terms.

**2.**

*Mathematics*

**a.**An algebraic expression consisting of one or more summed terms, each term consisting of a constant multiplier and one or more variables raised to nonnegative integral powers. For example,

*x*

^{2}- 5

*x*+ 6 and 2

*p*

^{3}

*q*+

*y*are polynomials. Also called

*multinomial*.

**b.**An expression of two or more terms.

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