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heteroplasia

[het-er-uh-pley-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh]
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noun Pathology.
  1. the replacement of normal cells by abnormal cells, as in cancer.

Origin of heteroplasia

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heteroplasia in Medicine

heteroplasia

(hĕt′ə-rō-plāzhə)
n.
  1. The development of cytologic and histologic elements that are not normal for the organ or part in which they occur.
  2. Malposition of tissue or a part that is otherwise normal.
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