**Synonyms:** differentiation

**Definition:** the mathematical process of obtaining the derivative of a function

**Similar words:** operation, mathematical operation, mathematical process

**Definition:** (mathematics) calculation by mathematical methods

**Usage:** *the problems at the end of the chapter demonstrated the mathematical processes involved in the derivation; they were learning the basic operations of arithmetic*

**Synonyms:** differentiation, distinction

**Definition:** a discrimination between things as different and distinct

**Usage:** *it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation*

**Similar words:** secernment, discrimination

**Definition:** the cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished

**Synonyms:** specialisation, specialization, differentiation

**Definition:** (biology) the structural adaptation of some body part for a particular function

**Usage:** *cell differentiation in the developing embryo*

**Similar words:** adaptation, adaption, adjustment

**Definition:** the process of adapting to something (such as environmental conditions)