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noun Mathematics.

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

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## British Dictionary definitions for partial derivative

partial derivative

noun

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

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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