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partial derivative

noun, Mathematics
the derivative of a function with respect to one of its variables with all other variables held constant.
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  • The result of this method is the partial derivative of species concentrations with respect to minute changes in emissions.
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British Dictionary definitions for partial derivative

partial derivative

the derivative of a function of two or more variables with respect to one of the variables, the other or others being considered constant. Written ∂f/∂x
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partial derivative in Science
partial derivative
The derivative with respect to a single variable of a function of two or more variables, regarding other variables as constants.
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