Also -plasy.

Origin of -plasia

< New Latin < Greek plás(is) a molding + -ia -ia
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British Dictionary definitions for -plasia



n combining form
  1. 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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-plasia in Medicine


  1. Growth; development:achondroplasia.
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