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## mantissa

the fractional part of a common logarithm representing the digits of the associated number but not its magnitude

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## mantissa

[man′tis·ə] (computer science)

A fixed point number composed of the most significant digits of a given floating-point number. Also known as fixed-point part; floating-point coefficient.

(mathematics)

The positive decimal part of a common logarithm.

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## mantissa

(programming)The part of a floating point number which,
when multiplied by its radix raised to the power of its
exponent, gives its value. The mantissa may include the
number's sign or this may be considered to be a separate part.

## mantissa

(mathematics)The fractional part of a logarithm.

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