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Infinitesimal

Updated: Nov 26

Pronunciation: [ in-fin-i-tes-uh-muhl ]


Definition: adjective; noun

1: extremely small

2: an indefinitely small quantity; a value approaching zero

Origin: Mid-17th century; Latin


Etymology: from modern Latin infinitesimus, from Latin infinitus (see infinite), on the pattern of centesimal

Usage:

Synonyms:

  • minute

  • tiny

  • minuscule

Antonyms:

  • huge

  • significant

  • giant

  • substantial

  • important

  • big

  • large

Example: The surgeon was operating on the infinitesimal vessels in the circulatory system, which required all of his attention.

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