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differentia

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noun dif·fer·en·tia \ˌdi-fə-ˈren(t)-sh(ē-)ə\

Definition of differentia

plural dif·fer·en·ti·aeplay \-shē-ˌē, -shē-ˌī\

  1. :  an element, feature, or factor that distinguishes one entity, state, or class from another; especially :  a characteristic trait distinguishing a species from other species of the same genus



Examples of differentia

  1. <a list of the chief differentiae between a controlling cult and a legitimate religious sect>



Origin of differentia

Latin, difference, from different-, differens


First Known Use: 1551


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differentia

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noun dif·fer·en·tia \ˌdif-ə-ˈren-ch(ē-)ə\

Medical Definition of differentia

plural dif·fer·en·ti·ae \-chē-ˌē, -chē-ˌī\play play

  1. :  the element, feature, or factor that distinguishes one entity, state, or class from another; especially :  a characteristic trait distinguishing a species from other species of the same genus




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