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definitive Tweet Definition of definitive Like Definition of definitive on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, definitive stamp)
  1. (grammar) a word, such as a definite article or demonstrative pronoun, that defines or limits something
    1. (philately) an ordinary postage stamp that is part of a series of all denominations or is reprinted as needed to meet demand
adjective
  1. explicitly defined
  2. conclusive or decisive
  3. definite, authoritative and complete
dermatome Tweet Definition of dermatome Like Definition of dermatome on Facebook
noun
  1. an instrument used surgically to remove a thin slice of skin for grafting
  2. an area of skin which is innervated by afferent nerve fibers coming to a single posterior spinal root
  3. the cutis plate
determination Tweet Definition of determination Like Definition of determination on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of determining, or the state of being determined.
  2. Bringing to an end; termination; limit.
  3. Direction or tendency to a certain end; impulsion.
  4. The quality of mind which reaches definite conclusions; decision of character; resoluteness.
  5. (countable) The state of decision; a judicial decision, or ending of controversy.
  6. (countable) That which is determined upon; result of deliberation; purpose; conclusion formed; fixed resolution.
  7. A flow, rush, or tendency to a particular part; as, a determination of blood to the head.
  8. (countable) The act, process, or result of any accurate measurement, as of length, volume, weight, intensity, etc.; as, the determination of the ohm or of the wave length of light; the determination of the salt in sea water, or the oxygen in the air.
  9. The act of defining a concept or notion by giving its essential constituents.
  10. The addition of a differentia to a concept or notion, thus limiting its extent; -- the opposite of generalization.
  11. The act of determining the relations of an object, as regards genus and species; the referring of minerals, plants, or animals, to the species to which they belong; classification; as, I am indebted to a friend for the determination of most of these shells.
devolution Tweet Definition of devolution Like Definition of devolution on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, originally) A rolling down.
  2. A descent, especially one that passes through a series of revolutions, or by succession
  3. The transference of a right to a successor, or of a power from one body to another.
  4. (genetics) degeneration, Degeneration (as opposed to evolution).
  5. The transfer of some powers, and the delegation of some functions, from a central sovereign government to local government; eg. from Westminster to Scottish parliament and Welsh assembly.
diploid Tweet Definition of diploid Like Definition of diploid on Facebook
noun
  1. A cell which is diploid.
  2. An organism with diploid cells.
adjective
  1. (cytology) Of a cell, having a pair of each type of chromosome, one of the pair is derived from the ovum and the other from the spermatozoon. Most somatic cells of higher organisms are diploid.

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