differentia

differentia

[dif-uh-ren-shee-uh, -shuh]
noun, plural differentiae [dif-uh-ren-shee-ee] .
1.
the character or attribute by which one species is distinguished from all others of the same genus.
2.
the character or basic factor by which one entity is distinguished from another.

Origin:
1820–30; < Latin; see difference

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differentia (ˌdɪfəˈrɛnʃɪə)
 
n , pl -tiae
logic Also called: difference a feature by which two subclasses of the same class of named objects can be distinguished
 
[C19: from Latin: diversity, difference]

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