English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
+ differentiate , from -ion + different , from -iate + differ , from -ent Middle English , from differen Old French , from differer Latin differō ( “ carry apart, put off, defer; differ ” ), from dis- ( “ apart ” ) + ferō ( “ carry, bear ” ); cognate with Ancient Greek διαφέρω ( diaphérō, “ to differ ” ).
Pronunciation [ edit ]
differentiation ( , countable and uncountable plural )
The act or process of
differentiating ( ).
generally, without a specialized sense The act of treating one thing as
distinct from another, or of creating such a distinction; of separating a class of things into categories; of describing a thing by illustrating how it is different from something else. The process of developing distinct components.
( biology ) The process by which the components of multicellular life ( cells, organs, etc.) are produced and acquire function, as when a seed develops the root and stem, and the initial stem develops the leaf, branches, and flower buds.
( biology , evolution ) The evolutionary process by which one taxonomic group ( species, genus, variety, etc.) becomes distinct from another, or acquires distinct features; the result of such a process: distinctness.
( geology ) The process of separation of cooling magma into various rock types. ( mathematics , calculus ) The process of applying the derivative operator to a function; of calculating a function's derivative.
Derived terms [ edit ]
Related terms [ edit ]
Translations [ edit ]
act of distinguishing or describing a thing, by giving its different, or specific difference
gradual formation or production of organs or parts by a process of evolution or development
See also [ edit ]