A quantity displayed below the normal line of text (and generally in a smaller point size), as the "

*
" in
*
, is called a subscript. Subscripts are commonly used to indicate indices (
*
is the entry in the
*
th row and
*
th column of a matrix
*
), partial differentiation (
*
is an abbreviation for
*
), and a host of other operations and notations in mathematics.

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