an·​ti·​dif·​fer·​en·​ti·​a·​tion | \ ¦an-ˌtī-ˌdi-fə-ˌren(t)-shē-¦ā-shən How to pronounce antidifferentiation (audio) , ¦an-tē-\

Definition of antidifferentiation

: 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

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First Known Use of antidifferentiation

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for antidifferentiation

anti- entry 1 + differentiation

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“Antidifferentiation.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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