trailing zero


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trailing zero

[′trāl·iŋ ′zir·ō]
(mathematics)
Any zero following the last nonzero integer of a number.
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* A leading zero should always precede a decimal expression of less than one; a terminal or trailing zero should never be used after a decimal.
A pediatrician may include a trailing zero in the dose but if the pharmacist doesn't see the period, the dose will be increased 10-fold.
Consequently, we also speak of trailing zeros if we append zeros after the most significant digit.