differentia

noun
dif·fer·en·tia | \ˌdi-fə-ˈren(t)-sh(ē-)ə \
plural differentiae\-shē-ˌē, -shē-ˌī \

Definition of differentia 

: 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

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Examples of differentia in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of differentia

1551, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for differentia

borrowed from Latin — more at difference entry 1

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The first known use of differentia was in 1551

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differentia

noun
dif·fer·en·tia | \ˌdif-ə-ˈren-ch(ē-)ə \
plural differentiae\-chē-ˌē, -chē-ˌī \

Medical Definition of differentia 

: 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

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