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[mass noun] The enlargement of an organ or tissue caused by an increase in the reproduction rate of its cells, often as an initial stage in the development of cancer:‘hyperplasia of the endocrine cells’[count noun] ‘the hyperplasias regressed in five patients’
- ‘Water-clear cell hyperplasia is a rare but well-documented cause of primary hyperparathyroidism.’
- ‘Furthermore, increased goblet cell hyperplasia of the small airways was prominent in this model.’
- ‘Smooth enlargement suggests benign hyperplasia; roughness and irregularity suggest the possibility of cancer.’
- ‘No women were found to have endometrial carcinoma or adenomatous hyperplasia with atypia.’
- ‘Such factors might include the presence of benign prostatic hyperplasia or prostate cancer.’
Mid 19th century: from hyper- ‘beyond’ + Greek plasis formation.
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