In logic, a term is a variable, constant, or the result of acting on variables and constants by function symbols.

In algebra, a polynomial term is a product of the form x^n (in the univariate case), or more generally of the form x_1^(a_1)...x_n^(a_n) (in the multivariate case) in a polynomial (Becker and Weispfenning 1993, p. 188).

The word "term" is also used commonly to mean a summand of a polynomial including its coefficient (more properly called a monomial), or the corresponding quantity in a series (i.e., a series term).

See also

Polynomial Term, Series Term

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Becker, T. and Weispfenning, V. Gröbner Bases: A Computational Approach to Commutative Algebra. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1993.Lichtblau, D. "Gröbner Bases in Mathematica 3.0." Mathematica J. 6, 81-88, 1996.

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