[met-uh-pley-zhuh, -zhee-uh]
noun Pathology.
the transformation of one type of tissue into another.

1885–90; meta- + -plasia

metaplastic [met-uh-plas-tik] , adjective Unabridged
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metaplasia (ˌmɛtəˈpleɪzɪə)
the transformation of one kind of tissue into a different kind

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metaplasia met·a·pla·sia (mět'ə-plā'zhə, -zhē-ə)

  1. Normal transformation of tissue from one type to another, as in the ossification of cartilage to form bone.

  2. Transformation of cells from a normal to an abnormal state.

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