1. [ noun ] (psychology) a discrimination between things as different and distinct
Synonyms: distinction

"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
Synonyms: specialisation specialization

"cell differentiation in the developing embryo"

Related terms: adaptation biology speciate
Similar spelling:   differentiate