the loss of structural differentiation within a cell or group of cells.
reversion of plant or animal cells to a simpler less differentiated form

anaplasia an·a·pla·sia (ān’ə-plā’zhə)
Reversion of cells to an immature or a less differentiated form, as occurs in most malignant tumors.


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