# quotient

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## quotient

[kwo´shent]a number obtained by division.

**achievement quotient**the achievement age divided by the mental age, indicating progress in learning.

**caloric quotient**the heat evolved (in calories) divided by the oxygen consumed (in milligrams) in a metabolic process.

**intelligence quotient**IQ; a numerical expression of intellectual capacity obtained by multiplying the mental age of the subject, ascertained by testing, by 100 and dividing by the chronological age.

**respiratory quotient**RQ; the ratio of the volume of carbon dioxide given off by the body tissues to the volume of oxygen absorbed by them; usually equal to the corresponding volumes given off and taken up by the lungs. It varies with the fuel source used: for carbohydrates it is 1.0; for lipids 0.7; for proteins 0.8; and with overfeeding (lipogenesis) 1.0–1.3.

## quo·tient

(kwō'shĕnt),The number of times one amount is contained in another; the ratio of two numbers.

See also: index (2), ratio.

See also: index (2), ratio.

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*quoties,*how often]## quo·tient

(kwō'shĕnt)[L.

*quoties,*how often]## quo·tient

(kwō'shĕnt)Number of times one amount is contained in another; ratio of two numbers.

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