leukoplakia

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noun leu·ko·pla·kia \ˌlü-kō-ˈplā-kē-ə\

Definition of leukoplakia

  1. :  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

leukoplakic

play \ˌlü-kō-ˈplā-kik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of leukoplakia

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


First Known Use: circa 1888


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leukoplakia

noun leu·ko·pla·kia
variants: or chiefly British

leucoplakia

\ˌlü-kō-ˈplā-kē-ə\play

Medical Definition of leukoplakia

  1. :  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

leukoplakic

or chiefly British

leucoplakic

\-ˈplā-kik\play adjective

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