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English noun: differentiation

1. differentiation (cognition) a discrimination between things as different and distinct

SamplesIt is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation.


Broader (hypernym)discrimination, secernment

Narrower (hyponym)contradistinction, contrast, demarcation, dividing line, hairsplitting, line, word-splitting

2. differentiation (act) the mathematical process of obtaining the derivative of a function

Broader (hypernym)mathematical operation, mathematical process, operation

3. differentiation (process) (biology) the structural adaptation of some body part for a particular function

SamplesCell differentiation in the developing embryo.

Synonymsspecialisation, specialization

Broader (hypernym)adaptation, adaption, adjustment

Domain categorybiological science, biology

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