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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

diverge \-ˈvərj\play verb diverged; diverging
divergent \-ˈvər-jənt\play adjective




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