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Pronunciation: de-riv'a-tiv


  1. Relating to or producing derivation.
  2. Something produced by modification of something preexisting.
  3. Specifically, a chemical compound that may be produced from another compound of similar structure in one or more steps, as in replacement of H by an alkyl, acyl, or amino group.

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