verb (used with object), dif·fer·en·ti·at·ed, dif·fer·en·ti·at·ing.
verb (used without object), dif·fer·en·ti·at·ed, dif·fer·en·ti·at·ing.
Origin of differentiate
British Dictionary definitions for self-differentiating
Word Origin and History for self-differentiating
1816, from Medieval Latin differentiatus, past participle of differentiare, from Latin differentia (see difference).
Originally a mathematical term; transitive and non-technical sense of "discriminate between" is from 1876. Earlier, difference had been used as a verb in this sense. Related: Differentiated; differentiating; differentiation.