In a class diagram, each class contains methods and attributes. What's the correct word for describing both of them besides something generic such as contents or items?


The Orange class extends the Fruit class and inherits its stuff.

where stuff = a single word for both methods and attributes

  • "Properties" might also be reasonable, but that is often used for specific kinds of members. Oct 6, 2011 at 14:05

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The word you're looking for is "members". Typically they are referred to as "class members".

The Orange class extends the Fruit class and inherits its members.

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    – Jay Wick
    Oct 6, 2011 at 4:33
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    – Louis Rhys
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    @dodgy_coder: Yep "member variable" is often abbreviated to member. Which is fine... I guess.
    – Coyote
    Oct 6, 2011 at 13:38

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