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Definition of "hyperbolic function" [hyperbolic function]

  • Any of a set of six functions related, for a real or complex variable x, to the hyperbola in a manner analogous to the relationship of the trigonometric functions to a circle, including: (noun)
  • The hyperbolic sine, defined by the equation sinh x = 1/2 (ex - e-x). (noun)
  • The hyperbolic cosine, defined by the equation cosh x = 1/2 (ex + e-x). (noun)
  • The hyperbolic tangent, defined by the equation tanh x = sinh x/cosh x. (noun)
  • The hyperbolic cotangent, defined by the equation coth x = cosh x/sinh x. (noun)

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