One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Abnormal change in the nature of a tissue.
- ‘The existence of gastric lymphoma and intestinal metaplasia was observed in the same or different tissue fragments in most endoscopic biopsies.’
- ‘Antral-type and intestinal metaplasia may represent local responses to chronic injury secondary to the presence of gallstones and inflammation.’
- ‘However, a small series of 93 patients with an initial diagnosis of intestinal metaplasia were followed prospectively with endoscopy and biopsy.’
- ‘The remaining 9 cases showed the coexistence of antral-type metaplasia, intestinal metaplasia, and dysplasia in the same specimen.’
- ‘The antral mucosa showed pancreatic acinar cell metaplasia and intestinal metaplasia.’
Late 19th century: modern Latin, from German Metaplase, based on Greek metaplassein ‘mold into a new form’.
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