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dedifferentiation

[ dee-dif-uh-ren-shee-ey-shuhn ]
/ diˌdɪf əˌrɛn ʃiˈeɪ ʃən /
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noun Biology.
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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Origin of dedifferentiation

First recorded in 1915–20; de- + differentiation
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British Dictionary definitions for dedifferentiation

dedifferentiation
/ (diːˌdɪfəˌrɛnʃɪˈeɪʃən) /

noun
the reversion of the cells of differentiated tissue to a less specialized form
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