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Medical Term:

replicative senescence

 

Definition: a limitation in the number of times that cells can divide; appears to be a basic feature of somatic cells except for most tumor cells and possibly some stem cells. The cell division s counting mechanism is posited to exist as a consequence of a telomere-shortening hypothesis.

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