Determinant meaning

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Determinative.
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An influencing or determining element or factor.
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(mathematics) The value computed from a square matrix of numbers by a rule of combining products of the matrix entries and that characterizes the solvablitity of simultaneous linear equations. Its absolute value can be interpreted as an area or volume.
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(immunology) An epitope.
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Determining.
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A thing or factor that determines.
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(math.) The sum of the products formed from a square matrix in accordance with certain laws.
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(immunology) An epitope.
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A determining factor; an element that determines the nature of something.
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(linear algebra) The unique scalar function over square matrices which is distributive over matrix multiplication, multilinear in the rows and columns, and takes the value of 1 for the unit matrix. Abbreviation: det.
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(biology) A substance that causes a cell to adopt a particular fate.
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Serving to determine or limit; determinative.
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The definition of a determinant is something that determines an outcome or result of something.

When your boss' opinion is ultimately the only opinion that matters in making a decision in your office, this is an example of a determinant.

If you have a specific gene that is dominant and that always determines what a person's eye color will be, this is an example of a determinant.

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