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Glossary: leukoplakia, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

leukoplakia

(LOO-koh-PLAY-kee-uh)

An abnormal patch of white tissue that forms on mucous membranes in the mouth and other areas of the body. It may become cancer. Tobacco (smoking and chewing) and alcohol may increase the risk of leukoplakia in the mouth.

2009-06-18