selectivity n : the property of being selective
Nounselectivity (Plural: selectivities)
The word selectivity has several meanings:
- Selectivity, the ability to notice/distinguish small differences. Also the words selectiveness, refinement and discrimination are used. Discrimination is also a cultural term.
- Electronic selectivity
- In a database index, a measure for how many records will be retrieved for a given value of an attribute.
- In natural sciences selectivity characterises either how selective reactions occur amongst several pathways which are typical in particular for organic reactions; or selectivity characterises how selective one particular compound is recognized, or bound, by something else, e.g. by a protein, in a supramolecular host-guest complex, or by parts of a sensor. High selectivity is often called specificity.
- Selectivity (pharmacology) in pharmacology it is the preference of a drug for one mechanism of action over others that cause side effects.
selectivity in Danish: Selektiv
selectivity in Spanish: Selectividad
selectivity in Norwegian: Selektivitet