Definition of metaplasia in English:

metaplasia

Line breaks: meta|pla¦sia
Pronunciation: /ˌmɛtəˈpleɪzɪə
 
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noun

[mass noun] Physiology
  • Abnormal change in the nature of a tissue: intestinal metaplasia
    More example sentences
    • The remaining 9 cases showed the coexistence of antral-type metaplasia, intestinal metaplasia, and dysplasia in the same specimen.
    • The antral mucosa showed pancreatic acinar cell metaplasia and intestinal metaplasia.
    • The existence of gastric lymphoma and intestinal metaplasia was observed in the same or different tissue fragments in most endoscopic biopsies.

Derivatives

metaplastic

Pronunciation: /-ˈplastɪk/
adjective
More example sentences
  • The differential diagnosis of breast tumors with abundant cartilaginous and osseous metaplasia includes metaplastic carcinoma.
  • Extensive squamous metaplasia was seen within many of the glands, and in several areas there was central necrosis of the metaplastic epithelium.
  • The biopsies demonstrated both metaplastic squamous and benign respiratory epithelium with acute inflammation and no evidence of malignancy.

Origin

late 19th century: modern Latin, from German Metaplase, based on Greek metaplassein 'mould into a new form'.

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