meta·​pla·​sia | \ ˌme-tə-ˈplā-zh(ē-)ə How to pronounce metaplasia (audio) \

Definition of metaplasia

1 : transformation of one tissue into another
2 : abnormal replacement of cells of one type by cells of another

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metaplastic \ ˌme-​tə-​ˈpla-​stik How to pronounce metaplastic (audio) \ 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, "This 3-D Tissue Culturing System Could Change the Way Doctors Treat Endometriosis," 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of metaplasia

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for metaplasia

New Latin

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The first known use of metaplasia was in 1883

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“Metaplasia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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meta·​pla·​sia | \ ˌmet-ə-ˈplā-zh(ē-)ə How to pronounce metaplasia (audio) \

Medical Definition of metaplasia

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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