- a combining form with the meaning “growth, cellular multiplication,” of the kind specified by the initial element: hypoplasia.
Origin of -plasia
< New Latin < Greek plás(is) a molding + -ia -ia
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- indicating growth, development, or changehypoplasia
Word Origin for -plasia
from New Latin, from Greek plasis a moulding, from plassein to mould
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Word Origin and History for -plasia
word-forming element in biology and medicine denoting "formation, growth, development," from Modern Latin -plasia, from Greek plasis "molding, formation," from plassein "to mold" (see plasma).
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- Growth; development:achondroplasia.
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