differentia

noun dif·fer·en·tia \ ˌdi-fə-ˈren(t)-sh(ē-)ə \

Definition of differentia

plural differentiae play \-shē-ˌē, -shē-ˌī\
: an element, feature, or factor that distinguishes one entity, state, or class from another; especially : a characteristic trait distinguishing a species from other species of the same genus

Examples of differentia in a Sentence

  1. a list of the chief differentiae between a controlling cult and a legitimate religious sect

Origin and Etymology of differentia

borrowed from Latin — more at 1difference


Medical Dictionary

differentia

noun dif·fer·en·tia \ ˌdif-ə-ˈren-ch(ē-)ə \

medical Definition of differentia

plural differentiae play \-chē-ˌē, -chē-ˌī\
: the element, feature, or factor that distinguishes one entity, state, or class from another; especially : a characteristic trait distinguishing a species from other species of the same genus

Learn More about differentia


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up differentia? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

subject to rapid or unexpected change

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Eponym Quiz

  • rubens-painting
  • Which is the best synonym of bowdlerize?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!