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differentia

[ dif-uh-ren-shee-uh, -shuh ]
/ ˌdɪf əˈrɛn ʃi ə, -ʃə /
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noun, plural dif·fer·en·ti·ae [dif-uh-ren-shee-ee]. /ˌdɪf əˈrɛn ʃiˌi/.

the character or attribute by which one species is distinguished from all others of the same genus.
the character or basic factor by which one entity is distinguished from another.

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Origin of differentia

From Latin, dating back to 1820–30; see origin at difference
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British Dictionary definitions for differentia

differentia
/ (ˌdɪfəˈrɛnʃɪə) /

noun plural -tiae (-ʃɪˌiː)

logic a feature by which two subclasses of the same class of named objects can be distinguishedAlso called: difference

Word Origin for differentia

C19: from Latin: diversity, difference
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