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leukoplakia

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noun leu·ko·pla·kia \ˌlü-kō-ˈplā-kē-ə\

Definition of leukoplakia

  1. :  an abnormal condition in which thickened white patches of epithelium occur on the mucous membranes (as of the mouth or vulva); also :  a lesion or lesioned area of leukoplakia

leu·ko·pla·kic play \-ˈplā-kik\ adjective


Origin of leukoplakia

New Latin, from leuk- + Greek plak-, plax flat surface — more at fluke


First Known Use: circa 1888


Medical Dictionary

leukoplakia

noun leu·ko·pla·kia

Medical Definition of leukoplakia

  1. :  a condition commonly considered precancerous in which thickened white patches of epithelium occur on the mucous membranes especially of the mouth, vulva, and renal pelvis; also :  a lesion or lesioned area of leukoplakia

  2. leu·ko·pla·kic or chiefly British leu·co·pla·kic \-ˈplā-kik\play adjective



Variants of leukoplakia

or chiefly British leu·co·pla·kia \ˌlü-kō-ˈplā-kē-ə\play

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