Definition:Prime Element of Ring
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Let $R$ be a commutative ring.
Let $p \in R \setminus \set 0$ be any non-zero element of $R$.
Then $p$ is a prime element of $R$ if and only if:
- $(1): \quad p$ is not a unit of $R$
- $(2): \quad$ whenever $a, b \in R$ such that $p$ divides $a b$, then either $p$ divides $a$ or $p$ divides $b$.
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