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Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
cat·a·pla·si·a, cataplasis (kat'ă-plā'sē-ă, -plā'sis),
A degenerative change in cells or tissues that is the reverse of the constructive or developmental change; a return to an earlier or embryonic stage.
[cata- + G. plasis, a molding]
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retromorphosis(re?tro-mor'fo-sis) [ retro- + morph- + -osis]
1. A change in shape accompanying a transition from a higher to a lower type of structure.
2. Retrogressive changes within cells or tissues. Synonym: catabolism; cataplasia
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