A group having a cyclic normal subgroup such that the quotient group by this normal subgroup is also cyclic (cf. Cyclic group). Every finite group of square-free order (i.e. the order is not divisible by the square of a natural number) is metacyclic. Polycyclic groups (cf. Polycyclic group) are a generalization of metacyclic groups.
Sometimes, the term metacyclic is reserved for the more special class of groups whose derived group and derived quotient group are both cyclic.
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Metacyclic group. A.L. Shmel'kin (originator), Encyclopedia of Mathematics. URL: http://www.encyclopediaofmath.org/index.php?title=Metacyclic_group&oldid=13394