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Definition of Differentiation

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act of distinguishing; discrimination; act of changing; transforming of a function into its derivative (Mathematics)
Differentiation Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
The supposed act or tendency in being of every kind, whether organic or inorganic, to assume or produce a more complex structure or functions.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
The act of distinguishing or describing a thing, by giving its different, or specific difference; exact definition or determination.
  
(n.)
The act of differentiating.
  
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differentiation
\dif`fer*en`ti*a"tion\ (?), n.
1. the act of differentiating. further investigation of the sanskrit may lead to differentiation of the meaning of such of these roots as are real roots. peile.
2. (logic) the act of distinguishing or describing a thing, by giving its different, or specific difference; exact definition or determination.
3. (biol.) 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.
4. (metaph.) the supposed act or tendency in being of every kind, whether organic or inorganic, to assume or produce a more complex structure or functions.


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 partial differentiation 
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a discrimination between things as different and distinct; "it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation"
(synonym) distinction
(hypernym) discrimination, secernment
(hyponym) contradistinction
(derivation) distinguish, mark, differentiate
2. the mathematical process of obtaining the derivative of a function
(hypernym) mathematical process, mathematical operation, operation
(derivation) differentiate
3. (biology) the structural adaptation of some body part for a particular function; "cell differentiation in the developing embryo"
(synonym) specialization, specialisation
(hypernym) adaptation, adjustment
(derivation) differentiate
(classification) biology, biological science
Differentiation Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
Differentiation Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of Sociology
The development of increasing complexity and division of labor within sociocultural systems.
Differentiation Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Differentiation may refer to:
  • Differentiation (mathematics), the process of finding a derivative
  • Differentiated instruction in education
  • Cellular differentiation in biology
  • Planetary differentiation – in planetary science and geology
  • Inductive reasoning aptitude in psychology
  • Igneous differentiation in geology
  • Product differentiation in marketing
  • Differentiation (linguistics)
  • Differentiation (sociology)
  • Differentiation (economics), the making a product different from other similar products
  • Differentiation (ethnography), the invention of ostensible differences between cultures
  • Developmental biology

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Differentiation Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Differentiation The process of passing from the simple to the complex or, in its use in philosophy, from homogeneity to heterogeneity, from unity to multiplicity. This does not mean that the unity is less than the multiplicity or diminished by it, for the unity contains all that comes from it. The word is used in much the same sense as manifestation; the process of evolution on the downward arc is one of continuous differentiations, and the inverse process takes place on the upward arc. The Pythagoreans condemned the duad because it represented the beginning of differentiation or departure from cosmic simplicity and wholeness. In theosophical philosophy differentiation begins after zero, from which the One is the first differentiation. Spirit is the first differentiation from space, and primordial matter is the first differentiation from spirit.
Differentiation also implies specialization of function, as is seen in biology in connection with the evolution of the cell.
Webart Magic Astronomical Glossary
Any process that tends to separate different chemicals from their original mixed state and concentrate them in different regions.
Differentiation Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
In cancer, refers to how mature (developed) the cancer cells are in a tumor. Differentiated tumor cells resemble normal cells and tend to grow and spread at a slower rate than undifferentiated or poorly differentiated tumor cells, which lack the structure and function of normal cells and grow uncontrollably.
A Service of the National Cancer Institute.
The TCRC Glossary for Testicular Cancer and Other Related Conditons
The degree to which a tumour resembles normal tissue. In general, the closer the resemblance, the better the prognosis. Well differentiated tumours closely resemble normal tissue.
Dictionary of Medicine (Shahram)
The process of change during development that leads to the progressive diversity in structure and function of cells.