[het-er-uh-pley-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh]
- the replacement of normal cells by abnormal cells, as in cancer.
Origin of heteroplasia
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- The development of cytologic and histologic elements that are not normal for the organ or part in which they occur.
- Malposition of tissue or a part that is otherwise normal.
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