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1    the act, process, or result of differentiating  
2      (Maths)   an operation used in calculus in which the derivative of a function or variable is determined; the inverse of integration (sense 6)  
3    any process in which a mixture of materials separates out partially or completely into its constituent parts, as in the cooling and solidification of a magma into two or more different rock types or in the gradual separation of an originally homogeneous earth into crust, mantle, and core  

product differentiation  
      n     (Commerce)   the real or illusory distinction between competing products in a market  
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