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leukoplakia

or leu·co·pla·ki·a

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

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Also called leu·ko·pla·sia [loo-kuh-pley-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh], /ˌlu kəˈpleɪ ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə/, leucoplasia.

Origin of leukoplakia

1880–85; <New Latin, equivalent to Greek leuko-leuko- + plak-, stem of pláx flat surface, taken as “tongue” + -ia-ia
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Medical definitions for leukoplakia

leukoplakia
[ lōō′kə-plākē-ə ]

n.

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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