dedifferentiation
noun Date: 1915 reversion of specialized structures (as cells) to a more generalized or primitive condition often as a preliminary to major physiological or structural change • dedifferentiate intransitive verb

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  • dedifferentiation — [dē dif΄ər en΄shē ā′shən] n. a reversal of cell development, esp. in plants, so that the differentiation that had occurred previously is lost and the cell becomes more generalized in structure …   English World dictionary

  • dedifferentiation — Loss of differentiated characteristics. In plants, most cells, including the highly differentiated haploid microspores (immature pollen cells) of angiosperms, can lose their differentiatiated features and give rise to a whole plant; in animals… …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • dedifferentiation — dediferenciacija statusas T sritis augalininkystė apibrėžtis Diferencijuotai ląstelei būdingų požymių netekimas. atitikmenys: angl. dedifferentiation rus. дедифференциация …   Žemės ūkio augalų selekcijos ir sėklininkystės terminų žodynas

  • dedifferentiation — n. [L. de, away from; differentia, difference] Loss of traits of specialized cells formed during the course of differentiation …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • dedifferentiation — /dee dif euh ren shee ay sheuhn/, n. Biol. a process by which structures or behaviors that were specialized for a specific function lose their specialization and become simplified or generalized. [1915 20; DE + DIFFERENTIATION] * * * …   Universalium

  • dedifferentiation — noun The loss or reversal of differentiation. See Also: dedifferentiate …   Wiktionary

  • dedifferentiation — 1. The return of parts to a more homogeneous state. 2. SYN: anaplasia. * * * de·dif·fer·en·ti·a·tion .ren chē ā shən n reversion of specialized structures (as cells) to a more generalized or primitive condition often as a preliminary to major… …   Medical dictionary

  • dedifferentiation — n. return of cells to a general or more primitive state (Biology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dedifferentiation — de·differentiation …   English syllables

  • dedifferentiation — de•dif•fer•en•ti•a•tion [[t]diˌdɪf əˌrɛn ʃiˈeɪ ʃən[/t]] n. Biol. dvl the loss of specialized form or condition previously acquired during development • Etymology: 1915–20 de dif•fer•en′ti•ate , v.i. at•ed, at•ing …   From formal English to slang

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