Definition of standard deviation in English:

standard deviation


  • A quantity expressing by how much the members of a group differ from the mean value for the group.

    • ‘Mean values and standard deviations were calculated for all variables.’
    • ‘Each value is the mean standard deviation of at least four independent measurements.’
    • ‘Average values and standard deviations were then calculated for each of the compounds in the experiment.’
    • ‘If no standard deviations were reported then we used the average standard deviation for all the remaining studies.’
    • ‘All costs are reported as mean values with standard deviations.’


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