Definition of Differentiation

1. Noun. A discrimination between things as different and distinct. "It is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation"

2. Noun. The mathematical process of obtaining the derivative of a function.

3. Noun. (biology) the structural adaptation of some body part for a particular function. "Cell differentiation in the developing embryo"
Exact synonyms: Specialisation, Specialization
Category relationships: Biological Science, Biology
Generic synonyms: Adaptation, Adaption, Adjustment
Derivative terms: Differentiate, Specialise, Specialize

Definition of Differentiation

1. n. The act of differentiating.

Definition of Differentiation

1. Noun. The act of differentiating. ¹

2. Noun. The act of distinguishing or describing a thing, by giving its different, or specific difference; exact definition or determination. ¹

3. Noun. The gradual formation or production of organs or parts by a process of evolution or development, as when the seed develops the root and the stem, the initial stem develops the leaf, branches, and flower buds; or in animal life, when the germ evolves the digestive and other organs and members, or when the animals as they advance in organization acquire special organs for specific purposes. ¹

4. Noun. (geology) The process of separation of cooling magma into various rock types. ¹

5. Noun. (calculus) The process of determining the derived function of a function. ¹

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Definition of Differentiation

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Medical Definition of Differentiation

1. The distinguishing of one thing or disease from another. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Differentiation

differential screening
differential spinal anaesthesia
differential stain
differential thermal analysis
differential thermometer
differential threshold
differential topology
differential ureteral catheterization test
differential white blood count
differentiation (current term)
differentiation antigen
differently able
differently abled

Literary usage of Differentiation

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Elements of the Differential and Integral Calculus by William Anthony Granville (1904)
"differentiation of the product of any finite number of variables . 50 53. ... differentiation of cos i' 68 03. differentiation of tan v 68 61. ..."

2. Higher Mathematics for Students of Chemistry and Physics: With Special by Joseph William Mellor (1902)
"Successive Partial differentiation. We can get the higher partial ... The higher partial derivatives are independent of the order of differentiation ..."

3. The Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science by Johns Hopkins University (1912)
"These three features of piece-scale construction (1) rate differentiation to correspond with differentiation in the product itself or in the conditions ..."

4. Introduction to the Theory of Fourier's Series and Integrals by Horatio Scott Carslaw (1921)
"differentiation and Integration of Fourier's Series. We have seen that, ... With regard to term by term differentiation, a similar statement would obviously ..."

5. The Natural History of Igneous Rocks by Alfred Harker (1909)
"CHAPTER XIII MAGMATIC differentiation The problem of magmatic differentiation.—Possible causes of differentiation in a still fluid magma. ..."

6. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"The cell, therefore, no ess certainly than a complex animal, shows organization, that is, differentiation of unlike parts md integration of these parts into ..."

7. The Standard Rate in American Trade Unions by David Aloysius McCabe (1912)
"These three features of piece-scale construction (1) rate differentiation to correspond with differentiation in the product itself or in the conditions ..."

8. The Elementary Part of A Treatise on the Dynamics of a System of Rigid by Edward John Routh (1891)
"This differentiation can be effected as soon as the law according to which the ellipsoid alters is given. Suppose 'the bounding ellipsoids to be similar, ..."

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