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1[mass noun] The presence of cells of an abnormal type within a tissue, which may signify a stage preceding the development of cancer:‘a procedure to treat cervical dysplasia’
- ‘A biopsy can also identify rare cases when cells have progressed from dysplasia into cancer.’
- ‘There was a mild patchy proliferation of duct epithelial cells, but no dysplasia.’
- ‘We hope through this audit and by future improvements in screening to meet our target and further reduce the late diagnosis of developmental dysplasia of the hip.’
- ‘The authors suggest that this phenotype may predispose to the development of fibromuscular dysplasia.’
- ‘Although it is not a foregone conclusion that patients with dysplasia will develop cancer, dysplasia remains the best indicator of cancer risk.’
- 1.1 The abnormal growth or development of a tissue or organ:‘congenital hip dysplasia’
1930s: from dys- ‘bad’ + Greek plasis formation.
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