[ dee-dif-uh-ren-shee-ey-shuh n ]
/ diˌdɪf əˌrɛn ʃiˈeɪ ʃən /
a process by which structures or behaviors that were specialized for a specific function lose their specialization and become simplified or generalized.
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British Dictionary definitions for de-differentiation
/ (diːˌdɪfəˌrɛnʃɪˈeɪʃən) /
the reversion of the cells of differentiated tissue to a less specialized form
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Medical definitions for de-differentiation
[ dē′dĭf-ə-rĕn′shē-ā′shən ]
Regression of a specialized cell or tissue to a simpler unspecialized form.
Other words from dedifferentiationde′dif•fer•en′ti•ate′ v.
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