antidifferentiation

noun

an·​ti·​dif·​fer·​en·​ti·​a·​tion ¦an-ˌtī-ˌdi-fə-ˌren(t)-shē-¦ā-shən How to pronounce antidifferentiation (audio)
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mathematics
: integration sense 3
Antidifferentiation is just differentiation backwards. The derivative of sin x is cos x, so the antiderivative of cos x is sin x; the derivative of x3 is 3x2, so the antiderivative of 3x2 is x3—you just go backwards. There's a bit more to it, but that's the basic idea.Mark Ryan, Calculus For Dummies, 2003

Word History

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of antidifferentiation was in 1899

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“Antidifferentiation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antidifferentiation. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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