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al.go.rithm \'al-g*-.rith-*m\ n [alter. of ME algorisme, fr. OF & ML; OF, fr. ML algorismus, fr. Ar] al-khuwa-rizmi, fr. al-Khuwa-rizmi fl 825 A.D. Arab mathematician] a rule of procedure for solving a mathematical problem (as of finding the greatest common divisor) that frequently involves repetition of an operation.