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Pronunciation: hi-per-pla'zhe-a

Definition: An increase in the number of normal cells in a tissue or organ, excluding tumor formation, whereby the bulk of the part or organ may be increased.

Synonym(s): numeric hypertrophy, quantitative hypertrophy

[hyper- + G. plasis, a molding]

See Also: hypertrophy

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