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leukoplakia

Pronunciation: lu'ko-pla'ke-a

Definition: A white patch of oral or female genital mucous membrane that cannot be wiped off and cannot be diagnosed clinically as any specific disease entity; in current usage, a clinical term without histologic connotation.

Synonym(s): smoker's patches

[leuko- + G. plax, plate]

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