Glossary Term:

Title

differentiation

Phonetic

<b>dif</b>-uhr-<b>en</b>-she-<b>A</b>-shun

Description

the normal process through which cells mature so they can do the jobs they were meant to do. Cancer cells are less differentiated than normal cells. Pathologists (doctors who diagnose diseases by looking at or testing samples in the lab) grade the cells to evaluate and report the degree of a cancer’s differentiation.