Definition of Cataplasia
1. Noun. (biology) degenerative reversion of cells or tissue to a less differentiated or more primitive form.
Generic synonyms: Degeneration, Retrogression
Derivative terms: Cataplastic
Medical Definition of Cataplasia
1. Cataplasis 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. Synonym: retrograde metamorphosis, retrogression, retromorphosis. Origin: cata-+ G. Plasis, a molding (05 Mar 2000)
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Literary usage of Cataplasia
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1. A Text-book of Mycology and Plant Pathology by John William Harshberger (1917)
"... of cells associated with degenerative atrophy of their living contents, for the functional decline of the cell has been termed by Beneke, cataplasia. ..."
2. International Medical and Surgical Surveyby American Institute of Medicine by American Institute of Medicine (1922)
"Why is the caliber of the appendix so small, its length so variable? Why did the cataplasia of the cecum lead to the development of an appendix at all and ..."