calculus: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (kal'kyu-lus), [key]
— pl. -li -lus•es.
- a 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.
- a stone, or concretion, formed in the gallbladder, kidneys, or other parts of the body.
- Also calleda 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.
- calculus (Thesaurus)