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dedifferentiation

[dee-dif-uh-ren-shee-ey-shuh n] /diˌdɪf əˌrɛn ʃiˈeɪ ʃən/
noun, Biology
1.
a process by which structures or behaviors that were specialized for a specific function lose their specialization and become simplified or generalized.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; de- + differentiation
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dedifferentiation

/diːˌdɪfəˌrɛnʃɪˈeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the reversion of the cells of differentiated tissue to a less specialized form
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dedifferentiation in Medicine

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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