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dysplasia of the uterine cervix, epithelial atypia involving part or all of the thickness of cervical squamous epithelium, occurring most often in young women; appears to regress frequently, but may progress over a long period to carcinoma; severe dysplasia may be microscopically indistinguishable from carcinoma in situ.
abnormal tissue development of the uterine cervix, with atypical epithelium that may slowly progress to carcinoma.
cervical dysplasiaCervical intraepithelial neoplasia–CIN, see there.
Dysplasia is the abnormal growth of the epithelial cells. This is what a Pap smear will detect in the cervix.
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cervical dysplasia (serˑ·vi·kl dis·plāˑ·zh),
n abnormal cells in the cervix, with a potential to become cancerous. Typically caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV).