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partial derivative

noun, Mathematics
1.
the derivative of a function with respect to one of its variables with all other variables held constant.
Origin
1970-1975
1970-75
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  • The result of this method is the partial derivative of species concentrations with respect to minute changes in emissions.
  • The word del describes either of two mathematical terms: an operator or a partial derivative.
British Dictionary definitions for partial derivative

partial derivative

noun
1.
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
  (pär'shəl)   
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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