*parity (n.)*(obstetrics) the number of liveborn children a woman has delivered;

the *parity* of the mother must be considered

Synonyms: para

*parity (n.)*(mathematics) a relation between a pair of integers: if both integers are odd or both are even they have the same parity; if one is odd and the other is even they have different parity;

*parity* is often used to check the integrity of transmitted data

*parity (n.)*(computer science) a bit that is used in an error detection procedure in which a 0 or 1 is added to each group of bits so that it will have either an odd number of 1's or an even number of 1's; e.g., if the parity is odd then any group of bits that arrives with an even number of 1's must contain an error;

Synonyms: parity bit / check bit

*parity (n.)*(physics) parity is conserved in a universe in which the laws of physics are the same in a right-handed system of coordinates as in a left-handed system;

Synonyms: conservation of parity / space-reflection symmetry / mirror symmetry

*parity (n.)*functional equality;