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[ an-uh-pley-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh ]
/ ˌæn əˈpleɪ ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə /

noun Pathology.

the loss of structural differentiation within a cell or group of cells.

Nearby words

anaphylactoid, anaphylactoid purpura, anaphylactoid shock, anaphylatoxin, anaphylaxis, anaplasia, anaplasmosis, anaplastic, anaplastic cell, anaplasty, anapophysial

Origin of anaplasia

First recorded in 1905–10; ana- + -plasia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for anaplasia


/ (ˌænəˈpleɪsɪə) /


reversion of plant or animal cells to a simpler less differentiated form
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Medicine definitions for anaplasia


[ ăn′ə-plāzhə ]


Reversion of cells to an immature or a less differentiated form, as occurs in most malignant tumors.
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