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[met-uh-pley-zhuh, -zhee-uh]
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noun Pathology.
  1. the transformation of one type of tissue into another.

Origin of metaplasia

First recorded in 1885–90; meta- + -plasia
Related formsmet·a·plas·tic [met-uh-plas-tik] /ˌmɛt əˈplæs tɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for metaplastic


  1. the transformation of one kind of tissue into a different kind
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metaplastic in Medicine


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  1. Normal transformation of tissue from one type to another, as in the ossification of cartilage to form bone.
  2. Transformation of cells from a normal to an abnormal state.
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