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Definition of "dysplasia" [dysplasia]

  • Abnormal development or growth of tissues, organs, or cells. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "dysplasia" in a sentence
  • "The doctor explained that, in order of severity, cervical dysplasia is mild, moderate and severe, followed by carcinoma in situ [early cancer that had broken through the cell walls], and then invasive cancer."
  • "Because most of the cellular abnormalities we call dysplasia are thought to becaused by HPV human papillomavirus, there have been some recent changes in how often Pap smears are recommended."
  • "We showed that you could follow progression from normal cells to the precursor lesion, which we call dysplasia, to the actual cancer, and see them adjacent to one another within an inclusion cyst. ""