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a combining form with the meanings “molding, formation” “surgical repair, plastic surgery,” used in the formation of compound words:
angioplasty; galvanoplasty; heteroplasty.
Origin of -plasty
< Greek -plastia. See -plast, -y3 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -plasty


combining form
indicating plastic surgery involving a bodily part, tissue, or a specified process: rhinoplasty, neoplasty
Word Origin
from Greek -plastia; see -plast
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Word Origin and History for -plasty

word-forming element meaning "act or process of forming," also "plastic surgery" applied to a specific part, from Greek -plastia, from plastos "molded, formed," verbal adjective from plassein "to mold" (see plasma).

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-plasty in Medicine

-plasty suff.
Molding or forming surgically; plastic surgery: dermatoplasty.

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