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The leading coefficient of a polynomial is the coefficient of the monomial term with the greatest degree that has a nonzero coefficient.

For a generic polynomial in x,

anxn + an-1xn-1 + ... a1x + a0, where n is the largest nonnegative integer such that an is not equal to ,

the leading coefficient is an. If the leading coefficient is equal to 1, then the polynomial is monic.

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