the derivative of a function with respect to one of its variables with all other variables held constant.
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Origin of partial derivative
First recorded in 1970–75
Words nearby partial derivative
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British Dictionary definitions for partial derivative
the derivative of a function of two or more variables with respect to one of the variables, the other or others being considered constant. Written ∂f/∂ x
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Scientific definitions for partial derivative
[ pär′shəl ]
The derivative with respect to a single variable of a function of two or more variables, regarding other variables as constants.
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