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a·nal·y·sis / əˈnaləsis/ • n. (pl. -ses / -ˌsēz/ ) detailed examination of the elements or structure of something, typically as a basis for discussion or interpretation: an analysis of popular culture. ∎  the process of separating something into its constituent elements.Often contrasted with synthesis. ∎  the identification and measurement of the chemical constituents of a substance or specimen. ∎  short for psychoanalysis. ∎ Linguistics the use of separate, short words and word order rather than inflection or agglutination to express grammatical structure. ∎  Math. the part of mathematics concerned with the theory of functions and the use of limits, continuity, and the operations of calculus.

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analysis, branch of mathematics that utilizes the concepts and methods of the calculus. It includes not only basic calculus, but also advanced calculus, in which such underlying concepts as that of a limit are subjected to rigorous examination; differential and integral equations, in which the unknowns are functions rather than numbers, as in algebraic equations; complex variable analysis, in which the variables are of the form z=x+iy, where i is the imaginary unit; vector analysis and tensor analysis; differential geometry; and many other fields.

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analysis (ă-nal-i-sis) n. (in psychology) any means of understanding complex mental processes or experiences. See also psychoanalysis.

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