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divergence

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noun di·ver·gence \-ˈvər-jən(t)s\

Definition of divergence

  1. 1 a :  a drawing apart (as of lines extending from a common center) b :  difference, disagreement c :  the acquisition of dissimilar characters by related organisms in unlike environments

  2. 2 :  a deviation from a course or standard

  3. 3 :  the condition of being mathematically divergent



Examples of divergence

  1. <a growing divergence of opinion about that U.S. president's place in history>

  2. <any divergence from the community's strict moral code was met with social ostracism>



1656

First Known Use of divergence

1656


Medical Dictionary

divergence

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noun di·ver·gence \də-ˈvər-jən(t)s, dī-\

Medical Definition of divergence

  1. 1a:  a drawing apartb:  the acquisition of dissimilar characters by related organisms under the influence of unlike environments

  2. 2:  dissemination of the effect of activity of a single nerve cell through multiple synaptic connections—compare convergence 4

  3. di·verge \-ˈvərj\play verb, di·verged di·verg·ing
    di·ver·gent \-ˈvər-jənt\play adjective





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