analysis
noun (plural analyses) Etymology: New Latin, from Greek, from analyein to break up, from ana- + lyein to loosen — more at lose Date: 1581 1. separation of a whole into its component parts 2. a. the identification or separation of ingredients of a substance b. a statement of the constituents of a mixture 3. a. proof of a mathematical proposition by assuming the result and deducing a valid statement by a series of reversible steps b. (1) a branch of mathematics concerned mainly with limits, continuity, and infinite series (2) calculus 1b 4. a. an examination of a complex, its elements, and their relations b. a statement of such an analysis 5. a. a method in philosophy of resolving complex expressions into simpler or more basic ones b. clarification of an expression by an elucidation of its use in discourse 6. the use of function words instead of inflectional forms as a characteristic device of a language 7. psychoanalysis

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