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

Latin, difference, from different-, differens


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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

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