de-differentiation

dedifferentiation

[dee-dif-uh-ren-shee-ey-shuhn]
noun Biology.
a process by which structures or behaviors that were specialized for a specific function lose their specialization and become simplified or generalized.

Origin:
1915–20; de- + differentiation

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dedifferentiation (diːˌdɪfəˌrɛnʃɪˈeɪʃən)
 
n
the reversion of the cells of differentiated tissue to a less specialized form

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dedifferentiation de·dif·fer·en·ti·a·tion (dē'dĭf-ə-rěn'shē-ā'shən)
n.
Regression of a specialized cell or tissue to a simpler unspecialized form.


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