Definition of dysplasia
: abnormal growth or development (as of organs or cells); broadly : abnormal anatomical structure due to such growth
dysplasticplay \-ˈplas-tik\ adjective
Recent Examples of dysplasia from the Web
The 28-year-old was born with ectodermal dysplasia (ED) — a rare genetic condition that, in her case, resulted in hair loss, absent teeth, and a cleft palate.
Matt Roloff was born with diastrophic dysplasia, a condition that causes short stature.
Alice in Wonderland syndrome is a real medical condition, experienced by Gavin, who also has been diagnosed with cortical dysplasia, a congenital abnormality of brain development, and Dravet syndrome, a rare and severe form of epilepsy.
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Origin and Etymology of dysplasia
First Known Use: circa 1923See Words from the same year
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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