differentia

noun
dif·​fer·​en·​tia | \ ˌdi-fə-ˈren(t)-sh(ē-)ə How to pronounce differentia (audio) \
plural differentiae\ ˌdi-​fə-​ˈren(t)-​shē-​ˌē How to pronounce differentia (audio) , -​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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/differentia. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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differentia

noun
dif·​fer·​en·​tia | \ ˌdif-ə-ˈren-ch(ē-)ə How to pronounce differentia (audio) \
plural differentiae\ -​chē-​ˌē How to pronounce differentia (audio) , -​chē-​ˌī How to pronounce differentia (audio) \

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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