differentia

dif`fer*en"ti*a

(?), n.;
pl. Differenti (#).
[L. See Difference.] 1. (Logic) The formal or distinguishing part of the essence of a species, by which it is distinguished from other members of its genus; the characteristic attribute of a species; specific difference; as, a proper definition must have both genus and differentia.
[1913 Webster +PJC]

2. the set of characteristics distinguishing an entity from related entities.
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