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English noun: matrix

1. matrix (group) (mathematics) a rectangular array of quantities or expressions set out by rows and columns; treated as a single element and manipulated according to rules

Broader (hypernym)array

Narrower (hyponym)correlation matrix, dot matrix, real matrix, square matrix, transpose

Domain categorymath, mathematics, maths

2. matrix (substance) (geology) amass of fine-grained rock in which fossils, crystals, or gems are embedded

Broader (hypernym)rock, stone

Domain categorygeology

3. matrix (object) an enclosure within which something originates or develops (from the Latin for womb)

Broader (hypernym)enclosure, natural enclosure

4. matrix (body) the body substance in which tissue cells are embedded

Synonymsground substance, intercellular substance

Broader (hypernym)body substance

Part meronymbone, cartilage, connective tissue, gristle, os

5. matrix (body) the formative tissue at the base of a nail

Broader (hypernym)animal tissue

Part meronymnail

6. matrix (artifact) mold used in the production of phonograph records, type, or other relief surface

Broader (hypernym)cast, mold, mould

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