[dee-dif-uh-ren-shee-ey-shuh n]

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 of dedifferentiation

First recorded in 1915–20; de- + differentiation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for dedifferentiation



the reversion of the cells of differentiated tissue to a less specialized form
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dedifferentiation in Medicine




Regression of a specialized cell or tissue to a simpler unspecialized form.
Related formsde′dif•fer•enti•ate′ v.
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