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leucoplakia

[loo-kuh-pley-kee-uh]
noun Pathology.
  1. leukoplakia.
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Also called leu·co·pla·sia [loo-kuh-pley-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh] /ˌlu kəˈpleɪ ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə/.

leukoplakia

or leu·co·pla·ki·a

[loo-kuh-pley-kee-uh]
noun Pathology.
  1. a disorder of a mucous membrane characterized by one or more white patches, occurring most commonly on the cheek, tongue, vulva, or penis: often medically insignificant but sometimes becoming malignant.
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Origin of leukoplakia

1880–85; < New Latin, equivalent to Greek leuko- leuko- + plak-, stem of pláx flat surface, taken as “tongue” + -ia -ia
Also called leu·ko·pla·sia [loo-kuh-pley-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh] /ˌlu kəˈpleɪ ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə/, leucoplasia.
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Examples from the Web for leucoplakia

Historical Examples

  • Papillomatous thickening of the mucous membrane sometimes occurs in association with leucoplakia.

    Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition.

    Alexander Miles


leucoplakia in Medicine

leukoplakia

(lōō′kə-plākē-ə)
n.
  1. A condition characterized by white spots or patches on mucous membranes, especially of the mouth and vulva.leukoplasia smoker's patch smoker's tongue
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