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[het-er-uh-pley-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh] /ˌhɛt ər əˈpleɪ ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə/
noun, Pathology.
the replacement of normal cells by abnormal cells, as in cancer.
Origin of heteroplasia Unabridged
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heteroplasia in Medicine

heteroplasia het·er·o·pla·sia (hět'ə-rō-plā'zhə, -zhē-ə)

  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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