Medical Definition of Heteroplasia

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Heteroplasia: The replacement of normal tissue of the body by abnormal tissue or by malpositioned normal tissue, a tissue growing in the wrong place.

Progressive osseous heteroplasia is a disorder in which bone develops in areas where bone is normally absent. There is heteroplasia of bone.

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Reviewed on 12/11/2018

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