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Meaning of partial fractions

par'tial frac'tions

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— Algebra. Algebra.
  1. one of the fractions into which a given fraction can be resolved, the sum of such simpler fractions being equal to the given fraction:5/(x−x) are 5/(x−1) and −5/x. Partial fractions of
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