differential quotient


noun

Definition for differential-quotient (2 of 2)

derivative

[ dih-riv-uh-tiv ]
/ dɪˈrɪv ə tɪv /

adjective

not original; secondary.

noun

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 differential-quotient

derivative

/ (dɪˈrɪvətɪv) /

adjective

noun

Derived Formsderivatively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for differential-quotient

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 differential-quotient

derivative

[ dĭ-rĭvə-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 differential-quotient

derivative

[ dĭ-rĭvə-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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