Bézout's theorem for curves states that, in general, two algebraic curves of degrees
and intersect in points and cannot meet in more than points unless they have a component in common (i.e.,
the equations defining them have a common factor; Coolidge 1959, p. 10).

Bézout's theorem for polynomials states that if and are two polynomials with no
roots in common, then there exist two other polynomials and such that . Similarly, given polynomial equations of degrees
, , ... in variables, there are in general common solutions.

Séroul (2000, p. 10) uses the term Bézout's theorem for the following two theorems.

1. Let
be any two integers, then there exist such that

2. Two integers
and
are relatively prime if there exist such that

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