Sorry for asking such a basic question – but is there an actual term for the numbers that appear before and after the decimal point? Example:

25.18

I know the

`1`

is in the`tenths`

position, the`8`

is in the`hundredths`

position. are there singular terms which apply toallof the numbers that appear both before and after the decimal point?I’m building a billing system, storing dollars and cents as integers (in separate columns), but for other currencies “dollars” and “cents” are not the correct terms = ). Thanks!

**Answer**

There are two terminologies that I’m familiar with. Sometimes, the part to the right of the decimal (cents) is called the *mantissa*, and the part to the left (dollars, in your metaphor), is called the *characteristic*.

But I also like the generic terms *integer-part* and *fractional-part*. It’s what I and those with whom I do research call them (who uses the word mantissa routinely? not me, but perhaps someone). Yes, I know the fractional part doesn’t actually have to be a fraction, but that’s just something I toss into my big bag of math vagaries.

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