# Composite number

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A **composite number** is a positive integer greater than 1 which is not a prime number. Composite numbers can always be written as a product of prime numbers, which represent a prime factorization.^{[1]} For example, the prime factorization of the composite number 42 is 2 x 3 x 7.

Related to composite numbers are *highly composite numbers* (HCN's). The HCN's are the higher order of the two types of numbers that are the opposite to prime numbers.