One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Something derived, especially a product obtained chemically from a raw material.
- ‘Another promising approach is the use of butyric acid derivates such as 4-phenylbutyrate.’
- ‘Theoretical physicists say that the derivate, or the beta function, is positive.’
- ‘This story caught the attention of several drug companies, who are testing pain-killers based on nicotine derivates.’
- ‘With a sufficient number of distinct line-cross derivates, increasingly complicated models of gene interaction can be tested.’
- ‘An acute overdose of any of the opiates or their derivates can result in coma, pulmonary edema, and cessation of respiration.’
Late Middle English: from Latin derivat- ‘derived’, from the verb derivare (see derive).
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