- 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
- any mathematical system of calculation involving the use of symbols
- ( pl -li /
-ˌlaɪ/) a stonelike concretion of minerals and salts found in ducts or hollow organs of the body
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
- Mathematicsa branch of mathematics that calculates amounts that change constantly:Calculus can help you figure out how fast an object falls.
- Dentistrya hard, yellowish substance on teeth formed from dental plaque;
- Mathematicsa method of calculation, esp. one of several highly systematic methods of treating problems by a special system of algebraic notations, as differential or integral calculus.
- Pathologya stone, or concretion, formed in the gallbladder, kidneys, or other parts of the body.
- DentistryAlso called tartar. a hard, yellowish to brownish-black deposit on teeth formed largely through the mineralization of dead bacteria in dental plaques by the calcium salts in salivary secretions and subgingival transudates.
- calculation:the calculus of political appeal.
- Latin: pebble, small stone (used in reckoning), equivalent. to calc- (stem of calx stone) + -ulus -ule