cirrhosis

noun cir·rho·sis \ sə-ˈrō-səs \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of cirrhosis

plural cirrhoses play \-ˌsēz\
:widespread disruption of normal liver structure by fibrosis and the formation of regenerative nodules that is caused by any of various chronic progressive conditions affecting the liver (such as long-term alcohol abuse or hepatitis)

cirrhotic

play \-ˈrä-tik\ adjective or noun

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Origin and Etymology of cirrhosis

New Latin, from Greek kirrhos orange-colored; akin to Old English hār gray — more at hoar


CIRRHOSIS Defined for English Language Learners

cirrhosis

noun

Definition of cirrhosis for English Language Learners

  • medical : a serious disease of the liver that can be caused by drinking too much alcohol


Medical Dictionary

cirrhosis

noun cir·rho·sis \ sə-ˈrō-səs \

medical Definition of cirrhosis

plural cirrhoses play \-ˌsēz\
:widespread disruption of normal liver structure by fibrosis and the formation of regenerative nodules that is caused by any of various chronic progressive conditions affecting the liver (as long-term alcohol abuse or hepatitis) — see biliary cirrhosis


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