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From Biology-Online Dictionary | Biology-Online Dictionary
That separates or distinguishes; applied to points or marks used to distinguish letters of similar form, or different sounds of the same letter, as, a, <acr/, a, o, o, etc. Diacritical points. A glance at this typography will reveal great difficulties, which diacritical marks necessarily throw in the way of both printer and writer. (a. J. Ellis)
Origin: gr, fr. To separate, distinguish; through _ to separate. See Critic.