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In different branches of mathematics, primitive polynomial has different meanings:
- In field theory, a primitive polynomial is the minimal polynomial of a primitive element of the finite extension field GF(pm).
- In algebra (and specifically ring theory), a primitive polynomial is a polynomial over an integral domain R (such as the integers) such that no non-invertible element of R divides all its coefficients at once.