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
First Known Use: circa 1923
Medical Definition of dysplasia
1: variation in somatotype (as in degree of ectomorphy, endomorphy, or mesomorphy) from one part of a human body to another
2: abnormal growth or development (as of organs or cells); broadly : abnormal anatomic structure due to such growth
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