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

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Midsommar features a key child character named Reuben with a visible disability, as Hereditary also did (actress Milly Shapiro, who played Charlie, has cleidocranial dysplasia). Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Midsommar Is a Nightmare in Broad Daylight," 5 July 2019 He was rescued from a dog home in May 2013 at six months and has dealt with elbow dysplasia and a cancerous tumor was removed from his body. Fox News, "This remarkable dog can bark hello: 'I just kept telling him to say it' says owner," 14 June 2019 Getty Images Modern Family star Sarah Hyland has opened up about her struggle with hair loss, which came as a side effect to her well documented health issues through kidney dysplasia. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Sarah Hyland Opened up About Experiencing Hair Loss During 'Modern Family' Filming," 29 Apr. 2019 Getty ImagesAxelle/Bauer-Griffin Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland has been refreshingly candid about her lifelong chronic illness (kidney dysplasia), as well as the support she's gotten from her family, friends, and boyfriend Wells Adams. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Sarah Hyland Bravely Opens Up About Thoughts of Suicide," 11 Jan. 2019 Excessive heel wearing could possibly explain my foot issues, and a post-surgery diagnosis of hip dysplasia, which is when the hip socket doesn't cover the ball of the upper thigh bone all the way, later explained my hip injury. Alyssa Clough, SELF, "How Not to Be a Jerk to Someone Battling an Injury," 13 Aug. 2018 Hyland, who had a kidney transplant in 2012, has been open about her medical history, including experiencing kidney dysplasia and dealing with hair loss as a result of medication. De Elizabeth, Allure, "Sarah Hyland Put Her "Scars on Display" in This Bikini Selfie," 9 July 2018 The 27-year-old underwent a kidney transplant from her father back in 2012 due to her ongoing battle with kidney dysplasia. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Sarah Hyland Went Braless in a Yellow Dress," 2 Oct. 2018 Hyland has a history of health issues, including kidney dysplasia, which required a kidney transplant in 2012. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Sarah Hyland Shows Off Surgery Scars in Fourth of July Bikini Snap: '#scarsondisplay'," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of dysplasia

circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dysplasia

New Latin

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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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