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Pronunciation: hi'po-pla'ze-a


  1. Underdevelopment of a tissue or organ, usually due to a deficiency in the number of cells.
  2. Atrophy due to destruction of some of the elements and not merely to their general reduction in size.

[hypo- + G. plasis, a molding]

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