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An algebraic expression that contains more than one monomial is called a polynomial.

Figure 1.

The degree of a monomial is the sum of the exponents of its variables.

Figure 2.

Above, the monomial on the left has a degree of 1. The monomial on the right has a degree of 5.

The degree of a polynomial is equal to the degree of its greatest monomial.

Figure 3.

The degree of this polynomial is 5.

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