Definition of dysplasia in English:



  • 1The 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’
    • ‘There was a mild patchy proliferation of duct epithelial cells, but no dysplasia.’
    • ‘The authors suggest that this phenotype may predispose to the development of fibromuscular dysplasia.’
    • ‘A biopsy can also identify rare cases when cells have progressed from dysplasia into cancer.’
    • ‘Although it is not a foregone conclusion that patients with dysplasia will develop cancer, dysplasia remains the best indicator of cancer risk.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 The abnormal growth or development of a tissue or organ.
      ‘congenital hip dysplasia’


1930s: from dys- ‘bad’ + Greek plasis ‘formation’.