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metaplasia

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noun meta·pla·sia \-ˈplā-zh(ē-)ə\

Definition of metaplasia

  1. 1 :  transformation of one tissue into another

  2. 2 :  abnormal replacement of cells of one type by cells of another

metaplastic play \-ˈplas-tik\ adjective


Origin of metaplasia

New Latin


First Known Use: 1883

Rhymes with metaplasia


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metaplasia

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noun meta·pla·sia \ˌmet-ə-ˈplā-zh(ē-)ə\

Medical Definition of metaplasia

  1. 1:  transformation of one tissue into another <metaplasia of cartilage into bone>

  2. 2:  abnormal replacement of cells of one type by cells of another




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