[ met-uh-pley-zhuh, -zhee-uh ]
/ ˌmɛt əˈpleɪ ʒə, -ʒi ə /
the transformation of one type of tissue into another.
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OTHER WORDS FROM metaplasiamet·a·plas·tic [met-uh-plas-tik], /ˌmɛt əˈplæs tɪk/, adjective
Words nearby metaplasia
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British Dictionary definitions for metaplasia
/ (ˌmɛtəˈpleɪzɪə) /
the transformation of one kind of tissue into a different kind
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Medical definitions for metaplasia
[ mĕt′ə-plā′zhə ]
Normal transformation of tissue from one type to another, as in the ossification of cartilage to form bone.
Transformation of cells from a normal to an abnormal state.
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