differentiate

differentiate
dif·fer·en·ti·ate .dif-ə-'ren-chē-.āt vb, -at·ed; -at·ing vt
1) to constitute a difference that distinguishes <the history of the injury also \differentiates these two fractures (J. S. Keene )(et al)>
2) to cause differentiation of in the course of development
3) to discriminate or give expression to a specific difference that distinguishes <quickly learned to \differentiate sharp pain from dull pain>
4) to cause differentiation in (a specimen for microscopic examination) by staining vi
1) to recognize or express a difference <\differentiate between humans and the rest of the primates>
2) to undergo differentiation <when a B cell matures, it \differentiates into a plasma cell that secretes antibodies (R. C. Gallo)>

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dif·fer·en·ti·ate (dif″ər-enґshe-āt) 1. to distinguish, on the basis of differences. 2. to develop specialized form, character, or function differing from that of surrounding cytoplasm, cells, or tissue or from the original type.

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