# Definition of calculus

### Definitions

noun plural -luses

1. a branch of mathematics, developed independently by Newton and Leibniz. Both differential calculus and integral calculus are concerned with the effect on a function of an infinitesimal change in the independent variable as it tends to zero

2. any mathematical system of calculation involving the use of symbols

4. plural -li (-ˌlaɪ) pathology a stonelike concretion of minerals and salts found in ducts or hollow organs of the body

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### Word origin of 'calculus'

C17: from Latin: pebble, stone used in reckoning, from calx small stone, counter### Example sentences containing 'calculus'

discovered calculus , but failed because Arabic numerals, invented by some nameless Hindu or group of Hindus, were unknown to him. THE COMPLETE STORIES VOLUME 2The trouble is that when you're dealing with n-dimensional calculus of uncertainty, things are--"'Uncertain? THE COMPLETE STORIES VOLUME 2Gordon had not included any of this in his calculus , he thought. A THEORY OF RELATIVITY## Trends of 'calculus'

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