# Minterm vs. Maxterm

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## Difference Between Minterm and Maxterm

#### Mintermnoun

In Boolean algebra, a product term in which each variable appears once (in either its complemented or uncomplemented form).

*A Boolean function can be expressed, canonically, as a sum of minterms, where each minterm corresponds to a row (of the function's truth table) whose output value is 1.*

#### Maxtermnoun

(algebra) A sum that is a logical OR of a set of variables.

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**maxterms**in a product of maxterms should have the same variables, although each**maxterm**should differ from every other one by the pattern of complementation of those variables.