# derivative

[ dih-riv-uh-tiv ]

/ dɪˈrɪv ə tɪv /

### adjective

not original; secondary.

### noun

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## Nearby words

derisively, derisory, deriv., derivate, derivation, derivative, derive, derived curve, derived form, derived fossil, derived unit

## Origin of derivative

1400–50; late Middle English derivatif < Late Latin dērīvātīvus, equivalent to Latin dērīvāt(us) (see derivation) + -īvus -ive

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## British Dictionary definitions for derivatives

## derivative

/ (dɪˈrɪvətɪv) /

### adjective

### noun

Derived Formsderivatively, adverb

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## Word Origin and History for derivatives

## derivative

early 15c. (adj.); mid-15c. (n.), from Middle French dérivatif (15c.), from Late Latin derivat-, past participle stem of Latin derivare (see derive). Mathematical sense is from 1670s.

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## Medicine definitions for derivatives

## derivative

[ dĭ-rĭv′ə-tĭv ]

### n.

Something obtained or produced by modification of something else.

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

### adj.

Resulting from, characterized by, or employing derivation.

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## Science definitions for derivatives

## derivative

[ dĭ-rĭv′ə-tĭv ]

In calculus, the slope of the tangent line to a curve at a particular point on the curve. Since a curve represents a function, its derivative can also be thought of as the rate of change of the corresponding function at the given point. Derivatives are computed using differentiation.

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