self-differentiating

differentiate

[dif-uh-ren-shee-eyt]
verb (used with object), differentiated, differentiating.
1.
to form or mark differently from other such things; distinguish.
2.
to change; alter.
3.
to perceive the difference in or between.
4.
to make different by modification, as a biological species.
5.
Mathematics. to obtain the differential or the derivative of.
verb (used without object), differentiated, differentiating.
6.
to become unlike or dissimilar; change in character.
7.
to make a distinction.
8.
Biology. (of cells or tissues) to change from relatively generalized to specialized kinds, during development.

Origin:
1810–20; < Medieval Latin differentiātus distinguished (past participle of differentiāre), equivalent to Latin different(ia) difference + -ātus -ate1

differentiation, noun
interdifferentiate, verb (used with object), interdifferentiated, interdifferentiating.
redifferentiate, verb, redifferentiated, redifferentiating.
self-differentiating, adjective
undifferentiated, adjective


1. set off. See distinguish. 3. separate.
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differentiate (ˌdɪfəˈrɛnʃɪˌeɪt)
 
vb (when intr, often foll by between)
1.  (tr) to serve to distinguish between
2.  to perceive, show, or make a difference (in or between); discriminate
3.  (intr) to become dissimilar or distinct
4.  maths to perform a differentiation on (a quantity, expression, etc)
5.  (intr) (of unspecialized cells, etc) to change during development to more specialized forms
 
differ'entiator
 
n

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differentiate
1816, formed from different on model of Fr. différencier. Originally a mathematical term, trans. and non-technical sense of "discriminate between" is from 1876. Earlier, difference had been used as a verb in this sense. Related: Differentiated; differentiating; differentiation.
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