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differentiation

noun dif·fer·en·ti·a·tion \-ˌren(t)-shē-ˈā-shən\

Definition of DIFFERENTIATION

1
:  the act or process of differentiating
2
:  development from the one to the many, the simple to the complex, or the homogeneous to the heterogeneous
3
a :  modification of body parts for performance of particular functions
b :  the sum of the processes whereby apparently indifferent or unspecialized cells, tissues, and structures attain their adult form and function
4
:  the processes by which various rock types are produced from a common magma

First Known Use of DIFFERENTIATION

1802

Other Biology Terms

autochthonous, fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate
DIFFERENTIATION Defined for Kids

differentiation

noun dif·fer·en·ti·a·tion \ˌdi-fə-ˌren-shē-ˈā-shən\

Definition of DIFFERENTIATION for Kids

:  the process of change by which immature living structures develop to maturity
Medical Dictionary

differentiation

noun dif·fer·en·ti·a·tion \-ˌren-chē-ˈā-shən\

Medical Definition of DIFFERENTIATION

1
a :  the act of describing a thing by giving its differentia b :  the enhancement of microscopically visible differences between tissue or cell parts by partial selective decolorization or removal of excess stain (as in regressive staining) c :  the development of a discriminating conditioned response with a positive response to one stimulus and absence of the response on the application of similar but discriminably different stimuli
2
a :  modification of different parts of the body for performance of particular functions; also :  specialization of parts or organs in the course of evolution b :  the sum of the developmental processes whereby apparently unspecialized cells, tissues, and structures attain their adult form and function—compare determination 2

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