metaplasia

noun

meta·​pla·​sia ˌme-tə-ˈplā-zh(ē-)ə How to pronounce metaplasia (audio)
1
: transformation of one tissue into another
2
: abnormal replacement of cells of one type by cells of another
metaplastic adjective

Examples of metaplasia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other theories have included immune dysfunction, chronic inflammation, and metaplasia (an abnormal change in the tissue). Abby Haglage, SELF, 25 Oct. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of metaplasia was in 1883

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“Metaplasia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metaplasia. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

metaplasia

noun
meta·​pla·​sia ˌmet-ə-ˈplā-zh(ē-)ə How to pronounce metaplasia (audio)
1
: transformation of one tissue into another
metaplasia of cartilage into bone
2
: abnormal replacement of cells of one type by cells of another

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