Tissue Growth

Tissues grow either because their cells increase in number or because the existing cells grow larger. Most embryonic and childhood growth occurs by hyperplasia40 (HY-pur-PLAY-zhuh), tissue growth through cell multiplication. Exercised muscles grow, however, through hypertrophy41 (hy-PUR-truh-fee), the enlargement of preexisting cells. Neoplasia42 (NEE-oh-PLAY-zhuh) is the development of a tumor (neoplasm)—whether benign or malignant—composed of abnormal, nonfunctional tissue.

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Essentials of Human Physiology

Essentials of Human Physiology

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