Differentiation

Dif`fer*en`ti*a"tion

(?), n. 1. The act of differentiating.
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Further investigation of the Sanskrit may lead to differentiation of the meaning of such of these roots as are real roots.
J. Peile.
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2. (Logic) The act of distinguishing or describing a thing, by giving its different, or specific difference; exact definition or determination.
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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.
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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.
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