a combining form with the meaning “growth, cellular multiplication,” of the kind specified by the initial element: hypoplasia.

Nearby words

  1. -phyl,
  2. -phyll,
  3. -phyllous,
  4. -phyre,
  5. -phyte,
  6. -plasm,
  7. -plast,
  8. -plastic,
  9. -plasty,
  10. -plasy

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

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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Medicine definitions for -plasia



Growth; development:achondroplasia.

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