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dysplasia

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noun dys·pla·sia \dis-ˈplā-zh(ē-)ə\

Definition of dysplasia

  1. :  abnormal growth or development (as of organs or cells); broadly :  abnormal anatomical structure due to such growth

dysplastic

play \-ˈplas-tik\ adjective


Did You Know?

Of the dozens of medical terms that begin with the dys- prefix, dysplasia (with the suffix -plasia, meaning "development") is one of the more common, though not many nondoctors know it. Structural dysplasias are usually something you're born with; they often involve the hip or the kidneys. But cell dysplasia is often associated with cancer. And a dysplastic mole--a mole that changes shape in an odd way--is always something to be concerned about.

Origin and Etymology of dysplasia

New Latin


First Known Use: circa 1923


Medical Dictionary

dysplasia

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noun dys·pla·sia \dis-ˈplā-zh(ē-)ə\

Medical Definition of dysplasia

  1. 1:  variation in somatotype (as in degree of ectomorphy, endomorphy, or mesomorphy) from one part of a human body to another

  2. 2:  abnormal growth or development (as of organs or cells); broadly :  abnormal anatomic structure due to such growth

dysplastic

\-ˈplas-tik\play adjective



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