What is Injective: Definition and 97 Discussions

In mathematics, an injective function (also known as injection, or one-to-one function) is a function that maps distinct elements of its domain to distinct elements of its codomain. In other words, every element of the function's codomain is the image of at most one element of its domain. The term one-to-one function must not be confused with one-to-one correspondence that refers to bijective functions, which are functions such that each element in the codomain is an image of exactly one element in the domain.

A homomorphism between algebraic structures is a function that is compatible with the operations of the structures. For all common algebraic structures, and, in particular for vector spaces, an injective homomorphism is also called a monomorphism. However, in the more general context of category theory, the definition of a monomorphism differs from that of an injective homomorphism. This is thus a theorem that they are equivalent for algebraic structures; see Homomorphism § Monomorphism for more details.
A function f that is not injective is sometimes called many-to-one.

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  1. C

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  2. U

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  3. U

    I Proof involving functional graphs and the injective property

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  4. CaptainAmerica17

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  5. C

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  6. J

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  7. V

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  8. Math Amateur

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  9. cianfa72

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  10. Math Amateur

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  11. Mr Davis 97

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  12. T

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  13. K

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  14. M

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  15. C

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  17. C

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  18. jamalkoiyess

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  19. Mr Davis 97

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  20. T

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  22. Mr Davis 97

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  23. M

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  24. Mr Davis 97

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  25. M

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  26. M

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  29. DeldotB

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  31. B

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  32. AdityaDev

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  34. evinda

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  35. B

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  36. Math Amateur

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  37. K

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  38. Math Amateur

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  39. Math Amateur

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  40. Daaavde

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  41. caffeinemachine

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  42. S

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  43. M

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  44. W

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  45. S

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  46. Fernando Revilla

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  48. S

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  49. D

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