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subscript (n.)

1704, "that which is written underneath," from Latin subscriptus, past participle of subscribere "write underneath" (see subscribe).

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Definitions of subscript from WordNet
1
subscript (n.)
a character or symbol set or printed or written beneath or slightly below and to the side of another character;
Synonyms: inferior
2
subscript (adj.)
written or printed below and to one side of another character;
Synonyms: inferior
From wordnet.princeton.edu