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binomial

binomial (bīˌnōˈmēəl), polynomial expression (see polynomial) containing two terms, for example, x+y. The binomial theorem, or binomial formula, gives the expansion of the nth power of a binomial (x+y) for n=1, 2, 3, … , as follows:

where the ellipsis (…) indicates a continuation of terms following the same pattern. For example, using the formula and reducing fractions, one obtains (x+y)5=x5+5x4y+10x3y2+10x2y3+5xy4+y5. The coefficients 1, n, n (n−1)/1·2, etc., of x and y may also be found from an array known as Pascal's triangle (for Blaise Pascal), formed by adding adjacent numbers to find the number below them as follows:

binomial

[bī′nō·mē·əl]
(mathematics)
A polynomial with only two terms.
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binomial

1. a mathematical expression consisting of two terms, such as 3x + 2y
2. a two-part taxonomic name for an animal or plant
3. referring to two names or terms
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