derived

adjective
de·​rived | \ di-ˈrīvd How to pronounce derived (audio) , dē- \

Definition of derived

biology
: being, possessing, or marked by a character (such as the large brain in humans) not present in the ancestral form derived features

Examples of derived in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scholars note that the British-derived common-law system used in Hong Kong allows prosecutors broad powers intended to be used with discretion. Suzanne Sataline, The Atlantic, "The Other China Emergency," 25 Mar. 2020 Today, magma-derived fluids could sit close to the surface, just a mile or so below the ground. National Geographic, "See the Full Archive," 19 Mar. 2020 In 2010, a paper published in the scientific journal Nature noted that Foldit's then 57,000 registered players had come up with results that either matched or significantly outperformed computers' own algorithmically derived solutions. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Could Playing This Game Help Create a Coronavirus Cure?," 3 Mar. 2020 At least 10 patients have had fat-derived stem cells injected into their blood to cure or slow the progression of the neurodegenerative disorder amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). David Cyranoski, Scientific American, "Stem Cells 2 Go," 14 Nov. 2019 People who do not make H1-antigen in their intestinal cells make up 20% of the European-derived population and are resistant to many strains of norovirus. Patricia L. Foster, The Conversation, "Your blood type may influence your vulnerability to norovirus, the winter vomiting virus," 10 Jan. 2020 Alicia Martin of the Broad Institute in Massachusetts and her colleagues scored West Africans for height based on SNPs drawn from studies on European or European-derived populations. The Economist, "Modern genetics will improve health and usher in “designer” children," 7 Nov. 2019 And the Vatican has consistently encouraged vaccines, even those developed using fetal-derived cell lines. Arman Azad, CNN, "Anti-vaxxers may be exploiting widespread religious exemptions, research suggests," 4 Nov. 2019 Not only would a case so derived be harder to dismiss or ignore, the presentation of such a case against Trump might trouble different voters in different ways—and vulnerable Republicans would be forced to respond to multiple offenses. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Right Way to Impeach Trump," 28 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of derived

1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for derived

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“Derived.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/derived. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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