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[dis-pley-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh] /dɪsˈpleɪ ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə/
noun, Pathology
abnormal growth or development of cells, tissue, bone, or an organ.
Origin of dysplasia
1930-35; dys- + -plasia
Related forms
[dis-plas-tik] /dɪsˈplæs tɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dysplasia
  • Perhaps cats' purring helps alleviate the dysplasia or osteoporotic conditions that are more common in their canid cousins.
  • Hip dysplasia is common in many large breeds and comes in many degrees of severity.
  • We also know that early detection makes dysplasia easier to treat.
  • Anhidrotic ectodermal dysplasia leaves sufferers toothless, bald, and unable to sweat.
  • Fibrous dysplasia is a bone disease that destroys and replaces normal bone with fibrous bone tissue.
  • Cervical dysplasia refers to abnormal changes in the cells on the surface of the cervix that are seen underneath a microscope.
  • dysplasia is a term that refers to a precancerous condition.
  • When used for dysplasia, it appears to be as effective as more invasive procedures.
British Dictionary definitions for dysplasia


abnormal development of an organ or part of the body, including congenital absence
Derived Forms
dysplastic (dɪsˈplæstɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C20: New Latin, from dys- + -plasia, from Greek plasis a moulding
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Word Origin and History for dysplasia

1935, Modern Latin, from dys- + -plasia, from Greek plasis "molding, conformation," from plassein (see plasma).

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dysplasia in Medicine

dysplasia dys·pla·sia (dĭs-plā'zhə, -zhē-ə)
Abnormal development or growth of tissues, organs, or cells.

dys·plas'tic (-plās'tĭk) adj.
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dysplasia in Science
Abnormal development or growth of tissues, organs, or cells.

dysplastic adjective
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