metaplasia

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

noun Pathology.

the transformation of one type of tissue into another.

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Origin of metaplasia

First recorded in 1885–90; meta- + -plasia

OTHER WORDS FROM metaplasia

met·a·plas·tic [met-uh-plas-tik], /ˌmɛt əˈplæs tɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for metaplasia

metaplasia
/ (ˌmɛtəˈpleɪzɪə) /

noun

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

metaplasia
[ mĕt′ə-plāzhə ]

n.

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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