|1.||[ noun ] (psychology) a discrimination between things as different and distinct|
"it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation"
|Related terms:||discrimination line contradistinction hairsplitting distinguish differentiate|
|2.||[ noun ] (mathematics) the mathematical process of obtaining the derivative of a function|
|Related terms:||mathematical_process differentiate|
|3.||[ noun ] (biology,genetics,embryology) the structural adaptation of some body part for a particular function|
"cell differentiation in the developing embryo"
|Related terms:||adaptation biology speciate|