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

Other Words from dysplasia

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

Examples of dysplasia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web A few weeks after that game, Vitale was diagnosed with pre-cancerous dysplasia on the vocal cords. Wally Hall, Arkansas Online, 13 Jan. 2022 With epithelial atypia and mild cases of epithelial dysplasia, per the AOMP, doctors will take a more watchful waiting approach and suggest lifestyle changes (like quitting smoking). Lauren Krouse, Health.com, 21 Oct. 2021 Dustin Gilmer, an Indianapolis resident, was born in 1990 with polyostotic fibrous dysplasia, a disorder where fibrous tissue takes the place of bone, leading to uneven growth and weak bones. Madison O'connor, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Aug. 2020 Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter and Nolan Gould struggled with health and body image on set Hyland, 29, has been open on her social media accounts about struggling with kidney dysplasia and endometriosis. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 19 May 2020 The 28-year-old actress has undergone not just one but two kidney transplants, having suffered longterm from a condition known as kidney dysplasia. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, 29 Apr. 2019 Cleidocranial dysplasia is an inherited condition which causes a malfunction of the RUNX2 gene responsible for triggering development and maintenance of teeth, bones and cartilage. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 20 Feb. 2020 Be sure the sire and dam are certified against hip dysplasia. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 23 Mar. 2020 Gaten Matarazzo III, who plays Dustin on the Netflix megahit, was born with cleidocranial dysplasia, or CCD, a rare disorder which primarily affects growth of teeth and collarbones. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 20 Feb. 2020 See More

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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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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 dysplasia (audio) \ adjective

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