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(dif″ĕ-ren″shē-ā′shŏn )

1. In embryology, the acquisition of individual characteristics. This occurs in progressive diversification of cells of the developing preembryo and embryo.
2. The distinguishing of one disease from another.
3. In psychiatry, the integration of emotional and intellectual functions in an individual.

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