leukoplakia

noun
leu·​ko·​pla·​kia | \ ˌlü-kō-ˈplā-kē-ə How to pronounce leukoplakia (audio) \

Definition of leukoplakia

: an abnormal condition in which thickened white patches of epithelium occur on the mucous membranes (as of the mouth or vulva) also : a lesion or lesioned area of leukoplakia

Other Words from leukoplakia

leukoplakic \ ˌlü-​kō-​ˈplā-​kik How to pronounce leukoplakia (audio) \ adjective

Examples of leukoplakia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sometimes, even after removal, the leukoplakia can recur and will need to be removed again. Lauren Krouse, Health.com, 21 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of leukoplakia

circa 1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for leukoplakia

New Latin, from leuk- + Greek plak-, plax flat surface — more at fluke

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“Leukoplakia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leukoplakia. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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leukoplakia

noun
leu·​ko·​pla·​kia
variants: or chiefly British leucoplakia \ ˌlü-​kō-​ˈplā-​kē-​ə How to pronounce leukoplakia (audio) \

Medical Definition of leukoplakia

: a condition commonly considered precancerous in which thickened white patches of epithelium occur on the mucous membranes especially of the mouth, vulva, and renal pelvis also : a lesion or lesioned area of leukoplakia

Other Words from leukoplakia

leukoplakic or chiefly British leucoplakic \ -​ˈplā-​kik How to pronounce leukoplakia (audio) \ adjective

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