dedifferentiation

noun de·dif·fer·en·ti·a·tion \ (ˌ)dē-ˌdi-fə-ˌren-chē-ˈā-shən \

Definition of dedifferentiation

: reversion of specialized structures (such as cells) to a more generalized or primitive condition often as a preliminary to major physiological or structural change

dedifferentiate

play \-ˈren-chē-ˌāt\ intransitive verb

First Known Use of dedifferentiation

1915


Medical Dictionary

dedifferentiation

noun de·dif·fer·en·ti·a·tion \ -ˌren-chē-ˈā-shən \

medical Definition of dedifferentiation

: reversion of specialized structures (as cells) to a more generalized or primitive condition often as a preliminary to major physiological or structural change

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