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dif·fer·en·ti·a·tion

 (dĭf′ə-rĕn′shē-ā′shən)
n.
1.
a. The act or process of differentiating.
b. The state of becoming differentiated.
2. Mathematics The process of computing a derivative.
3. Biology The process by which cells or tissues undergo a change toward a more specialized form or function, especially during embryonic development.

differentiation

(ˌdɪfəˌrɛnʃɪˈeɪʃən)
n
1. the act, process, or result of differentiating
2. (Mathematics) maths an operation used in calculus in which the derivative of a function or variable is determined; the inverse of integration. See integration6
3. (Geological Science) any process in which a mixture of materials separates out partially or completely into its constituent parts, as in the cooling and solidification of a magma into two or more different rock types or in the gradual separation of an originally homogeneous earth into crust, mantle, and core

dif·fer·en·ti·a·tion

(dĭf′ə-rĕn′shē-ā′shən)
1. In calculus, the process of computing the derivative of a function. Compare integration.
2. The process by which cells or developing body or plant parts change in order to serve a specific function.

Differentiation

 

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.differentiation - a discrimination between things as different and distinctdifferentiation - a discrimination between things as different and distinct; "it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation"
discrimination, secernment - the cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished
contradistinction - a distinction drawn on the basis of contrast; "sculpture in contradistinction to painting"
dividing line, demarcation, contrast, line - a conceptual separation or distinction; "there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity"
hairsplitting, word-splitting - making too fine distinctions of little importance; "they didn't take his hairsplitting seriously"
2.differentiation - the mathematical process of obtaining the derivative of a function
mathematical operation, mathematical process, operation - (mathematics) calculation by mathematical methods; "the problems at the end of the chapter demonstrated the mathematical processes involved in the derivation"; "they were learning the basic operations of arithmetic"
3.differentiation - (biology) the structural adaptation of some body part for a particular function; "cell differentiation in the developing embryo"
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
adaption, adaptation, adjustment - the process of adapting to something (such as environmental conditions)

differentiation

noun distinction, difference, contrast, disparity, divergence, polarity, distinctness the differentiation between the two ranges

differentiation

noun
The act or an instance of distinguishing:
Translations
تَفْريق، تَمْييز
rozlišování
differentieringskelnen
eristamine
sundurgreining, aîgreining
分化区別微分
rozlišovanie
razlikovanje
ayırt etmefark etme

differentiation

[ˌdɪfərenʃɪˈeɪʃən] Ndiferenciación f

differentiation

[ˌdɪfərɛnʃiˈeɪʃən] ndifférenciation f

differentiation

differentiation

[ˌdɪfəˌrɛnʃɪˈeɪʃn] n (see vb) → distinzione f, differenziazione f

difference

(ˈdifrəns) noun
1. what makes one thing unlike another. I can't see any difference between these two pictures; It doesn't make any difference to me whether you go or stay; There's not much difference between them.
2. an act of differing, especially a disagreement. We had a difference of opinion; Have they settled their differences? (= Have they stopped arguing?).
3. the amount by which one quantity or number is greater than another. If you buy it for me I'll give you $6 now and make up the difference later.
ˈdifferent adjective
(often with from) not the same. These gloves are not a pair – they're different; My ideas are different from his.
ˌdiffeˈrentiate (-ˈrenʃieit) verb
1. to see or be able to tell a difference (between). I cannot even differentiate a blackbird and a starling.
2. (with between) to treat differently. She does not differentiate between her two children although one is adopted.
ˈdiffeˌrentiˈation noun

different is followed by from (not than).

dif·fer·en·ti·a·tion

n. diferenciación, comparación y distinción de una sustancia, enfermedad o entidad con otra o de otra.
References in classic literature ?
Such a man will study vibrations as Darwin studied the differentiation of species.
Seeing the ease and security in which these people were living, I felt that this close resemblance of the sexes was after all what one would expect; for the strength of a man and the softness of a woman, the institution of the family, and the differentiation of occupations are mere militant necessities of an age of physical force; where population is balanced and abundant, much childbearing becomes an evil rather than a blessing to the State; where violence comes but rarely and off-spring are secure, there is less necessity--indeed there is no necessity--for an efficient family, and the specialization of the sexes with reference to their children's needs disappears.
Those species, then, also will be 'simultaneous' point of nature, which, belonging to the same genus, are distinguished each from each by one and the same method of differentiation.
It is the differentiation to which all organisms grow.
Tess thought her loss as great as Marian's, but upheld by the dignity of being Angel's wife, in the letter at least, she accepted Marian's differentiation.
labor had been carried to such a pitch of differentiation, and who
In these remarks we have referred to special parts or organs being still variable, because they have recently varied and thus come to differ; but we have also seen in the second Chapter that the same principle applies to the whole individual; for in a district where many species of any genus are found--that is, where there has been much former variation and differentiation, or where the manufactory of new specific forms has been actively at work--there, on an average, we now find most varieties or incipient species.
There is a strong argument in favour of the sharp differentiation of castes and of races (and even of sexes; see Note on Chapter XVIII.
To sum up, when intra-word differentiation is fair (i.
IL-6 constitutes a major growth factor for myeloma and plasma cells, induces immunoglobulin production, and is an active factor in B-cell differentiation (4,5).
In other words, it is possible to visualize the evolution of these programs through differentiation of a divine master program referred to here as the Bioprogram.
Timescales for differentiation (mostly crystal fractionation) are generally less than a few thousand years.

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