dys·​pla·​sia | \ dis-ˈplā-zh(ē-)ə How to pronounce dysplasia (audio) \

Definition of dysplasia

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

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Other Words from dysplasia

dysplastic \ dis-​ˈpla-​stik How to pronounce dysplastic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of dysplasia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At 25, Johnson was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and learned that both of his hips were out of alignment. Ashley Mcbride, ExpressNews.com, "St. Philip’s College graduate climbed obstacles for degree — homelessness, for one," 29 Dec. 2019 In recent years, Sarah's been really open about her battle with kidney dysplasia. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Sarah Hyland Posted a Photo She "Hated" To Inspire Body Positivity," 26 Nov. 2019 In an emotional Instagram post on the changes her body has gone through as a result of living with kidney dysplasia, the actress, 29, opened up about her struggle with self-acceptance. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "Sarah Hyland Sends Body Positive Message to ‘Fellow Invisible Illness Warriors’," 25 Nov. 2019 Rockie, an 8-month-old Cane Corso, was recently diagnosed with hip dysplasia. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Medicare for pets — it’s not as crazy as you think," 15 Oct. 2019 These conditions include fetal heart defects, skeletal dysplasia, chromosomal abnormalities and brain/neural tube defects. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al, "This nurse started a program to help moms of babies with anomalies," 27 Nov. 2019 Additionally, English bulldogs have developed myriad health conditions due to inbreeding — including breathing difficulties, hip dysplasia and heart disorders — which can be exacerbated by travel and going to games. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, ""He looks miserable!": PETA urges University of Georgia to retire Uga, the school's mascot," 26 Nov. 2019 Labradoodles, for example, can develop health problems common to Labrador Retrievers and Poodles such as hip dysplasia and eye disease. Rory Sullivan, CNN, "Labradoodle creator says he regrets 'Frankenstein's monster'," 26 Sep. 2019 During my medical evaluation, I was diagnosed with fibromuscular dysplasia, a progressive twisting and beading of the renal arteries. Lisa Emmott, Time, "Kidney Swaps Are Revolutionizing a Broken Organ-Donation System in the U.S.," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of dysplasia

circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dysplasia

probably borrowed from German Dysplasie, from dys- dys- + -plasie -plasia

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The first known use of dysplasia was circa 1923

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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dysplasia.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dysplasia. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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dys·​pla·​sia | \ dis-ˈplā-zh(ē-)ə How to pronounce dysplasia (audio) \

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

Other Words from dysplasia

dysplastic \ -​ˈplas-​tik How to pronounce dysplastic (audio) \ adjective

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