Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun differentiation

3 senses of differentiation

Sense 1

differentiation, distinction -- (a discrimination between things as different and distinct; "it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation")

=> discrimination, secernment -- (the cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished)

Sense 2

differentiation -- (the mathematical process of obtaining the derivative of a function)

=> mathematical process, mathematical operation, operation -- ((mathematics) calculation by mathematical methods; "the problems at the end of the chapter demonstrated the mathematical processes involved in the derivation"; "they were learning the basic operations of arithmetic")

Sense 3

specialization, specialisation, differentiation -- ((biology) the structural adaptation of some body part for a particular function; "cell differentiation in the developing embryo")

=> adaptation, adaption, adjustment -- (the process of adapting to something (such as environmental conditions))