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A LaTeX "symbol" is a character or a backslash followed by a symbol name, that is rendered by LaTeX. Some symbols have required parameters that contain text that is rendered "inside" the given symbol, such as \sqrt in the following example.

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The following,

x
\sin
\sqrt{3}

are symbols, which are rendered as

Failed to parse (unknown function "\begin{split}"): {\displaystyle \begin{split} & x \\ & \sin \\ & \sqrt{3} \end{split} }

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