- a combining form with the meanings “molding, formation” “surgical repair, plastic surgery,” used in the formation of compound words: angioplasty; galvanoplasty; heteroplasty.
Origin of -plasty
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- indicating plastic surgery involving a bodily part, tissue, or a specified processrhinoplasty; neoplasty
Word Origin for -plasty
from Greek -plastia; see -plast
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word-forming element meaning "act or process of forming," also "plastic surgery" applied to a specific part, from Greek -plastia, from plastos "molded, formed," verbal adjective from plassein "to mold" (see plasma).
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- Molding or forming surgically; plastic surgery:dermatoplasty.
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