or leu·co·pla·ki·a

[ loo-kuh-pley-kee-uh ]
/ ˌlu kəˈpleɪ ki ə /

noun Pathology.

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.

Nearby words

  1. leukopathia,
  2. leukopedesis,
  3. leukopenia,
  4. leukopenic index,
  5. leukopenic leukemia,
  6. leukoplakia vulvae,
  7. leukoplasia,
  8. leukopoiesis,
  9. leukorrhea,
  10. leukosarcoma

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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Medicine definitions for leukoplakia


[ lōō′kə-plākē-ə ]


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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