# derivative

[ dih-riv-uh-tiv ]

/ dɪˈrɪv ə tɪv /

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adjective

not original; secondary.

noun

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Sometimes der·i·vate [der-uh-veyt] /ˈdɛr əˌveɪt/ .

## Origin of derivative

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

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## British Dictionary definitions for derivative

derivative

/ (dɪˈrɪvətɪv) /

adjective

noun

## Derived forms of derivative

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## Medical definitions for derivative

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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## Scientific definitions for derivative

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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