Differentiation meaning

dĭfə-rĕnshē-āshən
(biology) The process by which cells or tissues undergo a change toward a more specialized form or function, especially during embryonic development.
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A differentiating or being differentiated.
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Differentiation is defined as the process or the state of being different.

An example of differentiation is having one group of people who are for an issue and a second group of people who are against an issue.

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(mathematics) The process of computing a derivative.
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(biol.) The modification of an organ, tissue, etc. in structure or function during development into a more specialized state.
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(math.) The working out of the differential or derivative.
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(biology) The process by which cells or tissues undergo a change toward a more specialized form or function, especially during embryonic development.
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In calculus, the process of computing the derivative of a function.
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The process by which cells or parts of an organism change during development to serve a specific function. The cells of an animal in its early embryonic phase, for example, are identical at first but develop by differentiation into specific tissues, such as bone, heart muscle, and skin. The factors determining the differentiation of any particular cell are not well understood, but in deuterostomes (vertebrates and other complex animals) they include the location of the cell relative to other cells.
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The act of differentiating.
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The act of distinguishing or describing a thing, by giving its different, or specific difference; exact definition or determination.
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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.
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(geology) The process of separation of cooling magma into various rock types.
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(calculus) The process of determining the derived function of a function.
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Origin of differentiation

  • From differentiate +‎ -tion, from different +‎ -iate, from differ +‎ -ent, from Middle English differen, from Old French differer, from Latin differō (“carry apart, put off, defer; differ”), from dis- (“apart”) + ferō (“carry, bear”) from ancient greek διαφέρω

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