differentia
differentia dif`fer*en"ti*a, n.; pl. {Differenti[ae]}. [L. See {Difference}.] 1. (Logic) The formal or distinguishing part of the essence of a species, by which it is distinguished from other members of its genus; the characteristic attribute of a species; specific difference; as, a proper definition must have both genus and differentia. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. the set of characteristics distinguishing an entity from related entities. [PJC]


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