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 for Deficiency of a curve
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Deficiency \De*fi"cien*cy\, n.; pl. Deficiencies. [See
     The state of being deficient; inadequacy; want; failure;
     imperfection; shortcoming; defect. "A deficiency of blood."
     [1913 Webster]
           [Marlborough] was so miserably ignorant, that his
           deficiencies made him the ridicule of his
           contemporaries.                          --Buckle.
     [1913 Webster]
     Deficiency of a curve (Geom.), the amount by which the
        number of double points on a curve is short of the maximum
        for curves of the same degree.
        [1913 Webster]

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