Definition of Leukoplakia

1. Noun. (medicine) Patches of keratosis on the mucous membranes of the oral cavity and in other areas, associated with smoking. ¹

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Definition of Leukoplakia

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Medical Definition of Leukoplakia

1. Circumscribed, firmly attached, thick white patches on the tongue and other mucous membranes (genitalia), often occurring as a pre-cancerous growth. Leukoplakia develops on the oral mucosa in response to chronic irritation (for example ill-fitting dentures, smoking, chewing tobacco). (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Leukoplakia

leukopathia unguis
leukopenic factor
leukopenic index
leukopenic leukaemia
leukophlegmasia dolens

Literary usage of Leukoplakia

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1. Tobacco Effects In The Mouth by Robert E. Mecklenburg (1995)
"leukoplakia is defined as a white patch or plaque on the oral mucosa that cannot ... leukoplakia varies from small circumscribed areas to extensive lesions ..."

2. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler (1909)
"It is patchy, and more often upon the dorsum and sides, (c) Diffuse oral leukoplakia, a remarkable condition in which the roof of the mouth, the gums, lips, ..."

3. Monographic Medicine by Albion Walter Hewlett, Henry Leopold Elsner (1916)
"leukoplakia leukoplakia is characterized in the beginning by deep red, erythem- atous ... Conditions to be Differentiated from leukoplakia It must be ..."

4. A Treatise on diseases of the skin for advanced students and practitioners by Henry Weightman Stelwagon (1916)
"leukoplakia Synonyms.—leukoplakia buccalis ... of a leukoplakia patch is a slightly increased redness, sometimes with a bluish tinge, which is often so ..."

5. The Principles and Practice of Dermatology: Designed for Students and by William Allen Pusey (1911)
"leukoplakia buccalis is a disease of the mucous membrane of the mouth characterized by ... leukoplakia in its slightest manifestation occurs as a minute, ..."

6. Differential Diagnosis of Internal Diseases by Milton Howard Fussell (1916)
"Conditions to be Differentiated from leukoplakia It must be distinguished from: ... leukoplakia can easily be distinguished from parasitic stomatitis by a ..."

7. Essentials of Diagnosis by Solomon Solis-Cohen, Augustus Adolph Eshner (1902)
"leukoplakia Lingualis. What is leukoplakia of the tongue 1 leukoplakia lingualis, or leukoplakia buccalis, is a name applied to a peculiar chronic affection ..."

8. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1920)
"Posadas believes that leukoplakia, in most instances, offers a pathology the origin of which must be traced back to syphilis, when it evidently comes under ..."

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