Derivative

Definition of Derivative

De`riv´a`tive
a.1.Obtained by derivation; derived; not radical, original, or fundamental; originating, deduced, or formed from something else; secondary; as, a derivative conveyance; a derivative word.
2.Hence, unoriginal (said of art or other intellectual products.
Derivative circulation
a modification of the circulation found in some parts of the body, in which the arteries empty directly into the veins without the interposition of capillaries.
- Flint.
n.1.That which is derived; anything obtained or deduced from another.
2.(Gram.) A word formed from another word, by a prefix or suffix, an internal modification, or some other change; a word which takes its origin from a root.
3.(Mus.) A chord, not fundamental, but obtained from another by inversion; or, vice versa, a ground tone or root implied in its harmonics in an actual chord.
4.(Med.) An agent which is adapted to produce a derivation (in the medical sense).
5.(Math.) A derived function; a function obtained from a given function by a certain algebraic process.
6.(Chem.) A substance so related to another substance by modification or partial substitution as to be regarded as derived from it; thus, the amido compounds are derivatives of ammonia, and the hydrocarbons are derivatives of methane, benzene, etc.

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