- to become unlike or dissimilar; change in character.
- to make a distinction.
- Biology. (of cells or tissues) to change from relatively generalized to specialized kinds, during development.
Origin of differentiate
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Examples from the Web for undifferentiated
Neither is blinded by the force of undifferentiated sex-attraction.Sex=The Unknown Quantity
Is it undifferentiated life or is it a specialized form of life?The Mystery of Space
Robert T. Browne
Before this training, soul and spirit are undifferentiated masses.The Way of Initiation
But outside England catches and canons were undifferentiated.
To the extent that prepositions are affixed to nouns, prepositions and nouns are undifferentiated.On the Evolution of Language
John Wesley Powell
- not having any distinguishing featuresan undifferentiated mass
- (tr) to serve to distinguish between
- (when intr, often foll by between) to perceive, show, or make a difference (in or between); discriminate
- (intr) to become dissimilar or distinct
- maths to perform a differentiation on (a quantity, expression, etc)
- (intr) (of unspecialized cells, etc) to change during development to more specialized forms
Word Origin and History for undifferentiated
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.
- Having no special structure or function; primitive; embryonic.