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  1. (mathematics) A number (real or complex) which is a solution to an equation of the form <math>x^n + a_1x^{n-1} + ... + a_n = 0</math> for some set of integers <math>a_1</math> through <math>a_n</math>.
    Etymology: The idea of integer here is that the coefficient of the highest power <math>x^n</math> term is 1.

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