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immortality

(ĭm″or-ăl′ĭ-tē)
The ability of some cells, particularly cancer cells, to reproduce indefinitely. Normal human cells have a finite life expectancy. They may divide for a few dozen generations, but eventually stop reproducing and die.

immortality

said of cell lines which are capable of undergoing an unlimited number of cell divisions.
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