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In mathematics, especially in the field of category theory, the concept of **injective object** is a generalization of the concept of injective module. This concept is important in cohomology, in homotopy theory and in the theory of model categories. The dual notion is that of a projective object.

An object in a category is said to be **injective** if for every monomorphism and every morphism there exists a morphism extending to , i.e. such that .^{[1]}

That is, every morphism factors through every monomorphism .

The morphism in the above definition is not required to be uniquely determined by and .

In a locally small category, it is equivalent to require that the hom functor carries monomorphisms in to surjective set maps.

The notion of injectivity was first formulated for abelian categories, and this is still one of its primary areas of application. When is an abelian category, an object *Q* of is injective if and only if its hom functor Hom_{C}(–,*Q*) is exact.

If is an exact sequence in such that *Q* is injective, then the sequence splits.

The category is said to *have enough injectives* if for every object *X* of , there exists a monomorphism from *X* to an injective object.

A monomorphism *g* in is called an essential monomorphism if for any morphism *f*, the composite *fg* is a monomorphism only if *f* is a monomorphism.

If *g* is an essential monomorphism with domain *X* and an injective codomain *G*, then *G* is called an **injective hull** of *X*. The injective hull is then uniquely determined by *X* up to a non-canonical isomorphism.^{[1]}

- In the category of abelian groups and group homomorphisms,
**Ab**, an injective object is necessarily a divisible group. Assuming the axiom of choice, the notions are equivalent. - In the category of (left) modules and module homomorphisms,
*R*-**Mod**, an injective object is an injective module.*R*-**Mod**has injective hulls (as a consequence,*R*-**Mod**has enough injectives). - In the category of metric spaces,
**Met**, an injective object is an injective metric space, and the injective hull of a metric space is its tight span. - In the category of T
_{0}spaces and continuous mappings, an injective object is always a Scott topology on a continuous lattice, and therefore it is always sober and locally compact.

If an abelian category has enough injectives, we can form injective resolutions, i.e. for a given object *X* we can form a long exact sequence

and one can then define the derived functors of a given functor *F* by applying *F* to this sequence and computing the homology of the resulting (not necessarily exact) sequence. This approach is used to define Ext, and Tor functors and also the various cohomology theories in group theory, algebraic topology and algebraic geometry. The categories being used are typically functor categories or categories of sheaves of *O*_{X} modules over some ringed space (*X*, *O*_{X}) or, more generally, any Grothendieck category.

Let be a category and let be a class of morphisms of .

An object of is said to be ** -injective** if for every morphism and every morphism in there exists a morphism with .

If is the class of monomorphisms, we are back to the injective objects that were treated above.

The category is said to *have enough -injectives* if for every object *X* of , there exists an * *-morphism from *X* to an * *-injective object.

A * *-morphism *g* in is called ** -essential** if for any morphism

If *g* is a * *-essential morphism with domain *X* and an * *-injective codomain *G*, then *G* is called an ** -injective hull** of *X*.^{[1]}

- In the category of simplicial sets, the injective objects with respect to the class
- In the category of partially ordered sets and monotone maps, the complete lattices form the injective objects for the class

- Jiri Adamek, Horst Herrlich, George Strecker. Abstract and concrete categories: The joy of cats, Chapter 9, Injective Objects and Essential Embeddings, Republished in Reprints and Applications of Categories, No. 17 (2006) pp. 1-507, Wiley (1990).
- J. Rosicky, Injectivity and accessible categories
- F. Cagliari and S. Montovani, T
_{0}-reflection and injective hulls of fibre spaces