characteristic

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(kar″ăk-tĕ-ris′tik )

[Gr. charaktēristikos, pert. to a stamp]

1. A trait or character typical of an organism or of an individual.
2. In logarithmic expressions, the number to the left of the decimal point, as distinguished from the mantissa, the number to the right of the decimal point.

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