differentiation

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noun dif·fer·en·ti·a·tion \ -ˌren(t)-shē-ˈā-shən \

Definition of differentiation

1 :the act or process of differentiating
2 :development from the one to the many, the simple to the complex, or the homogeneous to the heterogeneous
  • differentiation of Latin into vernaculars
3 biology
a :modification of body parts for performance of particular functions
b :the sum of the processes whereby apparently indifferent (see indifferent 7) or unspecialized cells, tissues, and structures attain their adult form and function
4 geology :the processes by which various rock types are produced from a common magma

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DIFFERENTIATION Defined for Kids

differentiation

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noun dif·fer·en·ti·a·tion \ ˌdi-fə-ˌren-shē-ˈā-shən \

Definition of differentiation for Students

:the process of change by which immature living structures develop to maturity

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differentiation

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noun dif·fer·en·ti·a·tion \ -ˌren-chē-ˈā-shən \

medical Definition of differentiation

1 a :the act of describing a thing by giving its differentia
b :the enhancement of microscopically visible differences between tissue or cell parts by partial selective decolorization or removal of excess stain (as in regressive staining)
c :the development of a discriminating conditioned response with a positive response to one stimulus and absence of the response on the application of similar but discriminably different stimuli
2 a :modification of different parts of the body for performance of particular functions; also :specialization of parts or organs in the course of evolution
b :the sum of the developmental processes whereby apparently unspecialized cells, tissues, and structures attain their adult form and function — compare determination 2


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