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Topic: etymology of "totient" ?
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Allen Adler

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Re: etymology of "totient" ?
Posted: Apr 8, 1997 3:04 PM
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In reply to Ko-Wei Lih's question:

> Does any one know the etymology of the word "totient" which is used in
> "Euler's totient function"? Any historical background of why Euler used
> this word is also welcome.

Walter Nissen writes:

> Webster's New World College Dictionary (every reader of the English
> language should have this dictionary) gives Latin totus (whole) and Old
> French -ent, Latin -ens (genitive -entis).

According to Chantraine, etymologies found in dictionaries are
notoriously unreliable.

Allan Adler

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