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## derivative |

3 definitions found From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]: Derivative \De*riv"a*tive\, a. [L. derivativus: cf F. d['e]rivatif.] Obtained by derivation; derived; not radical, original, or fundamental; originating, deduced, or formed from something else; secondary; as a derivative conveyance; a derivative word {Derivative circulation}, a modification of the circulation found in some parts of the body, in which the arteries empty directly into the veins without the interposition of capillaries. --Flint. -- {De*riv"a*tive*ly}, adv -- {De*riv"a*tive*ness}, n. From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]: Derivative \De*riv"a*tive\, n. 1. That which is derived; anything obtained or deduced from another. 2. (Gram.) A word formed from another word by a prefix or suffix, an internal modification, or some other change; a word which takes its origin from a root. 3. (Mus.) A chord, not fundamental, but obtained from another by inversion; or vice versa, a ground tone or root implied in its harmonics in an actual chord. 4. (Med.) An agent which is adapted to produce a derivation (in the medical sense). 5. (Math.) A derived function; a function obtained from a given function by a certain algebraic process. Note: Except in the mode of derivation the derivative is the same as the differential coefficient. See {Differential coefficient}, under {Differential}. 6. (Chem.) A substance so related to another substance by modification or partial substitution as to be regarded as derived from it thus the amido compounds are derivatives of ammonia, and the hydrocarbons are derivatives of methane, benzene, etc From WordNet r 1.6 [wn]: derivative adj 1: (linguistics) formed by inflection or derivation; "from the primitive word `electric' comes the derivative word `electricity'" [ant: {primitive}] 2: resulting from or employing derivation; "a derivative process"; "a highly derivative prose style" n 1: the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx [syn: {derived function}, {differential coefficient}, {differential}, {first derivative}] 2: a financial instrument whose value is based on another security [syn: {derivative instrument}] 3: a word that is derived from another word

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