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(var′ē-ă-bĕl )

[L. variare, to vary]

1. Any changing, measurable thing. In statistics, it is often possible to measure and graph the relationship of one variable to another, e.g., height and weight in the growing child.
2. Changing in form, structure, behavior, or physiology.

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