Dedifferentiation

Definition

noun

A cellular process in which a differentiated cell loses its special form or function, or reverts to an earlier developmental stage.


Supplement

This process is often seen in lower life forms such as worms and amphibians as a regenerative mechanism.


Word origin: de- + differentiation.
Related forms: dedifferentiate (verb), dedifferentiated (adjective).

Compare: differentiation.
See also: cellular differentiation.

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