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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Differentiation  \Dif`fer*en`ti*a"tion\,  n. 
  1.  The  act  of  differentiating. 
 
  Further  investigation  of  the  Sanskrit  may  lead  to 
  differentiation  of  the  meaning  of  such  of  these 
  roots  as  are  real  roots.  --J.  Peile. 
 
  2.  (Logic)  The  act  of  distinguishing  or  describing  a  thing 
  by  giving  its  different,  or  specific  difference;  exact 
  definition  or  determination. 
 
  3.  (Biol.)  The  gradual  formation  or  production  of  organs  or 
  parts  by  a  process  of  evolution  or  development,  as  when 
  the  seed  develops  the  root  and  the  stem,  the  initial  stem 
  develops  the  leaf,  branches,  and  flower  buds;  or  in  animal 
  life,  when  the  germ  evolves  the  digestive  and  other  organs 
  and  members,  or  when  the  animals  as  they  advance  in 
  organization  acquire  special  organs  for  specific  purposes. 
 
  4.  (Metaph.)  The  supposed  act  or  tendency  in  being  of  every 
  kind  whether  organic  or  inorganic,  to  assume  or  produce  a 
  more  complex  structure  or  functions. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  differentiation 
  n  1:  a  discrimination  made  between  things  as  different;  "it  is 
  necessary  to  make  a  distinction  between  love  and 
  infatuation"  [syn:  {distinction}] 
  2:  the  mathematical  process  of  obtaining  the  derivative  of  a 
  function 
  3:  the  structural  adaptation  of  some  body  part  for  a  particular 
  function  [syn:  {specialization},  {specialisation}] 




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