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1An individual person or thing; = "individual" 2.
2Logic. Any of the entities occupying the lowest level of a system of classification; a single member of a class or species. Compare "individual". Now rare.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Guy de Chauliac's Grande Chirurgie. From classical Latin indīviduum indivisible particle, atom, in post-classical Latin also an individual, especially a member of a species, use as noun (short for indīviduum corpus indivisible body) of neuter singular of indīviduus undivided, indivisible, inseparable.
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