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## differentiation

noun

### 1 differentiation

A discrimination between things as different and distinct on the basis of their characteristics or attributes.

*synonym:* distinction.

Roget 85:
numeration;
numbering
*etc.*
*v.;*
pagination;
tale,
recension^{†},
enumeration,
summation,
reckoning,
computation,
supputation^{†};
calculation,
calculus;
algorithm,
algorism^{†},
rhabdology^{†},
dactylonomy^{†};
measurement
*etc.*
**466**;
statistics.
arithmetic,
analysis,
algebra,
geometry,
analytical geometry,
fluxions^{†};
differential calculus,
integral calculus,
infinitesimal calculus;
calculus of differences.
*[Statistics]*
dead reckoning,
muster,
poll,
census,
capitation,
roll call,
recapitulation;
account
*etc.*
**
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*(list)*
**86**.
*[Operations]*
notation, ,
addition,
subtraction,
multiplication,
division,
rule of three,
practice,
equations,
extraction of roots,
reduction,
involution,
evolution,
estimation,
approximation,
interpolation,
differentiation,
integration.
*[Instruments]*
abacus,
logometer^{†},
slide rule,
slipstick* [Coll.]*,
tallies,
Napier's bones,
calculating machine,
difference engine,
suan-pan^{†};
adding machine;
cash register;
electronic calculator,
calculator,
computer;
*[people who calculate]*
arithmetician,
calculator,
abacist^{†},
algebraist,
mathematician;
statistician,
geometer;
programmer;
accountant,
auditor.
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Roget 465:
discrimination,
distinction,
differentiation,
diagnosis,
diorism^{†};
nice perception;
perception of difference,
appreciation of difference;
estimation
**
**
*etc.*
**466**;
nicety,
refinement;
taste
*etc.*
**850**;
critique,
judgment;
tact;
discernment
*etc.*
*(intelligence)*
**498**;
acuteness,
penetration;
nuances.
dope* [Slang]*,
past performances.
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Dutch: discriminatie, distinctie, onderscheiding

Polish: odróżnienie, rozróżnienie

### 2 differentiation

The mathematical process of obtaining the derivative of a function.

Polish: różniczkowanie

### 3 differentiation

biology The structural adaptation of some body part for a particular function:

— Cell differentiation in the developing embryo.

*synonyms:* specialisation, specialization.

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