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n. Biology
Reversion of a specialized cell or tissue to an unspecialized form. Dedifferentiation may occur before the regeneration of appendages in plants and certain animals and in the development of some cancers.

de′dif·fer·en′ti·ate′ v.


vb (intr)
to undergo the process of dedifferentiation
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Verb1.dedifferentiate - lose specialization in form or function
develop - grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment; "A flower developed on the branch"; "The country developed into a mighty superpower"; "The embryo develops into a fetus"; "This situation has developed over a long time"
differentiate - become different during development; "cells differentiate"
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Occasionally, association of non-clear cell tumors with sarcomatoid carcinoma has led to the presumption that the former dedifferentiates to form the latter Genetic studies designed to trace the origin of SRCC in association with papillary tumors are limited to 3 case reports,[14,16] with 2 reports[14,15] suggesting a clear cell origin and all 3 failing to confirm a papillary derivation.