Definition of differentiation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌdɪfəˌrenʃiˈeɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪfəˌrenʃiˈeɪʃn//
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  1. 1[uncountable, singular] the act of recognizing or showing that two things are not the same product differentiation differentiation between/of A and B There needs to be a clear differentiation between communal and private areas of the house.
  2. 2[uncountable] differentiation between/among A and B treatment of people or things in different ways, especially unfairly synonym discrimination a policy that makes no differentiation among ethnic groups
  3. 3[uncountable] (biology) the process of a cell becoming different during growth and development The proteins of a cell may change during differentiation.