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
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the reversion of the cells of differentiated tissue to a less specialized form
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Regression of a specialized cell or tissue to a simpler unspecialized form.
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