from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Abnormal development or growth of tissues, organs, or cells.

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  • n. Abnormal development of cells or tissue, often a precancerous stage of growth.

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  • n. abnormal development (of organs or cells) or an abnormal structure resulting from such growth


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dys- + -plasia


  • 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.

    Patricia Yarberry Allen: What to Do if You Have Genital HPV

  • 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. " - latest science and technology news stories

  • The standard treatment for Barrett's has been to watch for precancerous changes called dysplasia, and in some cases remove the patient's esophagus.

    Esophageal Therapy You Can Stomach

  • For example, big purebreds like German shepherds and Labs and Rottweilers, they tend to suffer from hip dysplasia, which is an abnormality that can require hip replacement, and that's pretty expensive.

    CNN Transcript Jun 14, 2003

  • We took him to the vet and learned he had hip dysplasia, which is a looseness of the muscles, connective tissue and ligaments that normally support the joint, and canine spondylitis, a degenerative condition in several spinal joints.


  • Because the adolescent cervix is immature, there is a higher incidence of HPV-related precancerous lesions (called dysplasia).

    Media Newswire

  • Cortical dysplasia, meaning disordered development of the cerebral cortex, is identified in


  • In terms of every possible kind of dysplasia for which this vaccine confers protection, Merck’s own clinical evidence suggests that this vaccine saved about 10 patients out of each 1000 injected from the painful process of having these dysplasias treated over the entire course of follow ups which ranged from 18 months to 4 years.

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  • For example, I faced a situation of immobility and pain with my hip dysplasia.

    Penny Hoff: Reversing the Irreversible


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