# Definitions and Synonyms of *differentiation* | Another word for *differentiation* | What is *differentiation? *

*Definition 1: the mathematical process of obtaining the derivative of a function - [noun denoting act]*

*(**differentiation* is a kind of ...) (mathematics) calculation by mathematical methods

*differentiation*is a kind of ...) (mathematics) calculation by mathematical methods

*"the problems at the end of the chapter demonstrated the mathematical processes involved in the derivation"**"they were learning the basic operations of arithmetic"**Definition 2: a discrimination between things as different and distinct on the basis of their characteristics or attributes - [noun denoting cognition]*

*Samples where differentiation or its synonyms are used according to this definition*

*it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation*

*Synonyms for differentiation in the sense of this definition*

*(**differentiation* is a kind of ...) the cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished

*differentiation*is a kind of ...) the cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished

*(... is a kind of **differentiation* ) a distinction drawn on the basis of contrast

*differentiation*) a distinction drawn on the basis of contrast

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*"sculpture in contradistinction to painting"*### (... is a kind of *differentiation* ) a conceptual separation or distinction

*"there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity"*### (... is a kind of *differentiation* ) making too fine distinctions of little importance

*"they didn't take his hairsplitting seriously"**Definition 3: (biology) the structural adaptation of some body part for a particular function - [noun denoting process]*

*Samples where differentiation or its synonyms are used according to this definition*

*cell differentiation in the developing embryo*

*Synonyms for differentiation in the sense of this definition*

*(**differentiation* is a kind of ...) the process of adapting to something (such as environmental conditions)

*differentiation*is a kind of ...) the process of adapting to something (such as environmental conditions)