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Anchorage independence

Definition
noun
A condition in which a cell maintains its capacity to spread, divide and function despite of the absence of a stable or inert surface to anchor with.
Supplement
Anchorage independence in a previously anchorage-dependent cell indicates cell transformation. The loss of anchorage dependence is exhibited by cells that have become malignant.
Compare:

  • anchorage dependence

Related term(s):

  • anchorage-independent cell


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