# Radix

[rey-diks] /ˈreɪ dɪks/

**noun**, plural radices

[rad-uh-seez, rey-duh-] /ˈræd əˌsiz, ˈreɪ də-/ (Show IPA), radixes.

1.

Mathematics. a number taken as the base of a system of numbers, logarithms, or the like.

2.

Anatomy, Botany. a root; radicle.

/ˈreɪdɪks/

**noun** (pl) -dices (-dɪˌsiːz), -dixes

1.

(maths) any number that is the base of a number system or of a system of logarithms: 10 is the radix of the decimal system

2.

(biology) the root or point of origin of a part or organ

3.

(linguistics) a less common word for root1 (sense 9)

radix ra·dix (rā’dĭks)

n. pl. ra·dix·es or rad·i·ces (rād’ĭ-sēz’, rā’dĭ-)

The primary or beginning portion of a part or organ, as of a nerve at its origin from the brainstem or spinal cord.

radix

(rā’dĭks)

Plural radices (rād’ĭ-sēz’, rā’dĭ-) or radixes

mathematics

The ratio, R, between the weights of adjacent digits in positional representation of numbers. The right-most digit has weight one, the digit to its left has weight R, the next R^2, R^3, etc. The radix also determines the set of digits which is zero to R-1. E.g. decimal (radix ten) uses 0-9 and each digit is worth ten times as much as you move left along the number.

(2006-11-10)

Tagged: r

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