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in·te·gral / ˈintigrəl; inˈteg-/ • adj. 1. necessary to make a whole complete; essential or fundamental: games are an integral part of the school's curriculum | systematic training should be integral to library management. ∎  included as part of the whole rather than supplied separately: the unit comes complete with integral pump and heater. ∎  having or containing all parts that are necessary to be complete: the first integral recording of the ten Mahler symphonies. 2. Math. of or denoted by an integer. ∎  involving only integers, esp. as coefficients of a function. • n. Math. a function of which a given function is the derivative, i.e., which yields that function when differentiated, and which may express the area under the curve of a graph of the function. See also definite integral, indefinite integral. ∎  a function satisfying a given differential equation. DERIVATIVES: in·te·gral·i·ty / ˌintiˈgralitē/ n. in·te·gral·ly adv.

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