[met-uh-plaz-uh m] /ˈmɛt əˌplæz əm/
Cell Biology. the nonliving matter or inclusions, as starch or pigments, within a cell.
the nonliving constituents, such as starch and pigment granules, of the cytoplasm of a cell
metaplasm met·a·plasm (mět’ə-plāz’əm)
See cell inclusion.
met’a·plas’tic (-plās’tĭk) adj.
[met-uh-pley-zhuh, -zhee-uh] /ˌmɛt əˈpleɪ ʒə, -ʒi ə/ noun, Pathology. 1. the transformation of one type of tissue into another. /ˌmɛtəˈpleɪzɪə/ noun 1. the transformation of one kind of tissue into a different kind metaplasia met·a·pla·sia (mět’ə-plā’zhə, -zhē-ə) n.
- Metaplastic anemia
metaplastic anemia n. Pernicious anemia in which the various elements in the blood change into multisegmented, unusually large neutrophiles, immature myeloid cells, and distorted platelets.
- Metaplastic carcinoma
metaplastic carcinoma n. Carcinoma occurring in the upper respiratory tract or alimentary tract or in the breast, and composed of spindle-shaped tumor cells.
- Metaplastic ossification
metaplastic ossification n. The formation of bone in normally soft structures.