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[ met-uh-pley-zhuh, -zhee-uh ]
/ ˌmɛt əˈpleɪ ʒə, -ʒi ə /

noun Pathology.

the transformation of one type of tissue into another.

Nearby words

metaphysician, metaphysicize, metaphysics, metaphysis, metaphyte, metaplasia, metaplasm, metaplastic anemia, metaplastic carcinoma, metaplastic ossification, metaplastic polyp

Origin of metaplasia

First recorded in 1885–90; meta- + -plasia
Related formsmet·a·plas·tic [met-uh-plas-tik] /ˌmɛt əˈplæs tɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for metaplasia


/ (ˌmɛtəˈpleɪzɪə) /


the transformation of one kind of tissue into a different kind
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Medicine definitions for metaplasia


[ mĕt′ə-plāzhə ]


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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