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differentiation

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

Definition of differentiation

  1. 1 :  the act or process of differentiating

  2. 2 :  development from the one to the many, the simple to the complex, or the homogeneous to the heterogeneous

  3. 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. 4 :  the processes by which various rock types are produced from a common magma



1802

First Known Use of differentiation

1802

Rhymes with differentiation

characterization, circumnavigation, commercialization, criminalization, cross-examination, de-Stalinization, decentralization, declassification, decontamination, dehumanization, demystification, deterioration, disassociation, disorientation, disorganization, disqualification, diversification, electrification, excommunication, exemplification, experimentation, extemporization, externalization, generalization, homogenization, hospitalization, hyperventilation, idealization, identification, indemnification, indetermination, indiscrimination, individuation, insubordination, intensification, intermediation, italicization, masculinization, megacorporation, militarization, miniaturization, misappropriation, miscommunication, misinterpretation, misrepresentation, monopolization, nonproliferation, overcompensation, overpopulation, personification, popularization, predetermination, ratiocination, rationalization, recapitulation, reconciliation, reconsideration, rehabilitation, reinterpretation, reorganization, revitalization, secularization, solidification, tintinnabulation, transubstantiation, underestimation, undervaluation, visualization


DIFFERENTIATION Defined for Kids

differentiation

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

Definition of differentiation for Students

  1. :  the process of change by which immature living structures develop to maturity




Medical Dictionary

differentiation

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

Medical Definition of differentiation

  1. 1a:  the act of describing a thing by giving its differentiab:  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. 2a:  modification of different parts of the body for performance of particular functions; also :  specialization of parts or organs in the course of evolutionb:  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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