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derivative de·riv·a·tive (dĭ-rĭv'ə-tĭv)

  1. Something obtained or produced by modification of something else.

  2. A chemical compound that may be produced from another compound of similar structure in one or more steps.

Resulting from, characterized by, or employing derivation.
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