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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Diferenciación celular

Cell differentiation (sel DIH-fur-EN-shee-AY-shun)
The process during which young, immature (unspecialized) cells take on individual characteristics and reach their mature (specialized) form and function.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.