differentia

[dif-uh-ren-shee-uh, -shuh]

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.

Nearby words

  1. difference,
  2. difference threshold,
  3. different,
  4. different as night and day,
  5. different strokes for different folks,
  6. differentiable,
  7. differentiable manifold,
  8. differential,
  9. differential analyzer,
  10. differential association

Origin of differentia

From Latin, dating back to 1820–30; see origin at difference

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British Dictionary definitions for differentia

differentia

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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