# What is the collective name for the digits before and after decimal point? [duplicate]

What is the collective name for the digits before and after decimal point?

• Integer and fractional parts. – user Apr 11 at 23:18
• I have heard of both "integer part" as well as "integral part" for the part to the left of the decimal point. – Andrew Chin Apr 11 at 23:22

The part before the decimal point, the whole number $$120$$ in your example, is often referred to as the Characteristic and can be seen here https://mathworld.wolfram.com/Characteristic.html. The part after the decimal point, the fractional part $$590$$ in your example, can be referred to as the Mantissa. More information on this can be found here https://mathworld.wolfram.com/Mantissa.html.

Hope this helps!

• Wolfram Mathworld has a number of nonstandard definitions, but these are also mentioned on Wikipedia and I've seen at least "mantissa" in use elsewhere (I believe in discussions of Benford's Law). – Mark S. Apr 12 at 2:08

It's called the Number of Significant Figures. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Significant_figures

• No. Not at all. – David G. Stork Apr 11 at 23:13
• In this example, all of $120.590$ are significant figures, but that is not how the different parts of this number are called. The question is asking about the names of the different collections of digits. – swolo Apr 11 at 23:17