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metaplasia Syllabification: met·a·pla·sia
Pronunciation: /ˌmedəˈplāZH(ē)ə/

Definition of metaplasia in English:


Abnormal change in the nature of a tissue.
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.


Pronunciation: /ˌmedəˈplastik/
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.


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

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