Minterm vs. Maxterm

Minterm vs. Maxterm — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Minterm and Maxterm


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.


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

All the 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.