metaplastic

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

  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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