# partial differential

### noun Mathematics.

an expression obtained from a given function of several variables by taking the partial derivative with respect to one of the variables and multiplying by the increment in that variable.

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## Nearby words

- partial,
- partial agglutinin,
- partial antigen,
- partial denture,
- partial derivative,
- partial differential equation,
- partial differentiation,
- partial eclipse,
- partial fraction,
- partial ophthalmoplegia

## Origin of partial differential

First recorded in 1810–20

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