heteroplasia

[ het-er-uh-pley-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh ]
/ ˌhɛt ər əˈpleɪ ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə /

noun Pathology.

the replacement of normal cells by abnormal cells, as in cancer.

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Origin of heteroplasia

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Medical definitions for heteroplasia

heteroplasia
[ hĕt′ə-rō-plāzhə ]

n.

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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