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1. something that makes a distinction between two differing items.
2. the additional financial reward given to health care providers for working on a particular shift or in a particular unit.
3. in Canadian hospitals, the extra charge for a semiprivate or private room over the basic room rate subsidized by the provincial health plan.


Relating to, or characterized by, a difference; distinguishing.
[L. differo, to carry apart, differ, fr. dis, apart]


pertaining to or creating a difference.


Differential diagnosis, see there.


A blood cell count in which the percentages of cell types are calculated as well as the total number of cells.


exhibiting or depending on a difference.

differential absorption
see differential absorption.
differential cell count
see differential count.
differential diagnosis
the differences between diseases in terms of clinical signs and epidemiological parameters; used as a basis for selecting as a diagnosis the one with the best fit to those seen in the subject.
differential leukocyte count
see differential count.
differential milk cell counts
count of cells in a milk sample including individual counts of somatic cells and individual leukocyte types.
differential thromboplastin time
used in differentiating the cause of hemophilia. Reagents containing either factor VIII or factor IX are added in the partial thromboplastin time test to demonstrate which factor corrects the prolonged clotting time.

Patient discussion about differential

Q. How do you differentiate between fluorosis and caries? Both appear as white spots on the teeth, so clinically how do you differentiate between them? I know it has something to do with their appearance while wet and dry, but I am not sure what? please help me I can't find this in any book.

A. Only mild fluorosis is seen as white stop lesion on the tooth. It usually comes with brown spots. Look for them. Another method is trying to stick a dental explorer into it (not the Microsoft one- it’ll only be a portal for viruses..) and because caries is demineralized area it will feel kind of sticky. But I wouldn’t do that…it can harm the teeth. Another way is by an x ray. Fluorosis- you will see it as a whiter spot. Caries- a more translucent spot.

Q. Differentiate Wheezing & Asthma My sister who is 29 years old is suffering from wheezing for the past 7 years. Its not a genetic problem. Some times she uses inhaler for temporary recovery. She tried English medicine, homeo and other treatments. Is it an Asthma? I find very difficult in seeing her struggle when she find hard to breathe. Please help to make her free out of this struggle.

A. i see what scares you...it's frustrating to see your loved ones suffer and you cannot help. if she is has an inhaler- that mean she has been to the Dr. and he prescribed her some kind of medicine. without giving a diagnose first...?

Q. how can i differentiate between normal stomach ache and an Appendicitis? I've been having a strange sharp pain in my stomach lately and a friend of mine told me it could be Appendicitis.

A. When you have Appendicitis, there should be a sharp pain on the right lower Abdomen. but you mustn't forget that Appendicitis is an inflammation. which means you'll have a fever some time in the near future, and it always get worse. not like other Abdominal pains. you'll vomit probably. i had my Appendix removed 2 years ago. don't worry, it's not too bad ;).

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Notwithstanding the intricate interrelationship among some lncRNAs, no differentially expressed lncRNAs overlapped with any annotated microRNAs as far as our study is concerned.
Since lncRNAs regulate the expression of its target genes; the next step is to construct a relationship between the expression profile of the mRNA involved in the cholesterol metabolism and the differentially expressed lncRNAs via target prediction programs.
The differentially expressed proteins in the SV and PV groups were analyzed based on their GO clustering using the Cytoscape platform [Supplementary Figure 1] [SUPPORTING:6] and [Supplementary Figure 2] [SUPPORTING:7].
The differentially expressed genes were analyzed in the NR database, and the annotation of the homologous gene in the NR database was used to annotate the differentially expressed genes identified.
Where, N is the number of genes with GO annotations; n, the number of differentially expressed genes within N; M, the number of all genes annotated as specific GO term; and m, the number of differentially expressed genes annotated as specific GO term.
ACP-based GeneFishingTM reverse transcription chain reaction, gene cloning and sequencing: Annealing controlled primer (ACP)-based reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (DDRT-PCR) technique was used for the identification of differentially expressed genes (DEGs) according to the method of Lee et al.
Two-Dimensional natural convection in differentially heated enclosure has been studied [9].
The notice covers 17 claims for detection of differentially expressed proteins in cell samples using libraries of antibodies.
The discovery in question of several molecularly and cellularly different cortical areas in Broca's language region and in neighbouring areas shows that our faculty of speech is actually embedded in a much more differentially developed brain landscape than we have believed for the past 150 years.
The researchers extracted mRNA and identified 12 genes that were differentially expressed between the two groups.
mass reporter) by a covalent labile bond that is differentially cleavable with respect to peptide bonds (e.

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