cir·​rho·​sis | \ sə-ˈrō-səs \
plural cirrhoses\ sə-​ˈrō-​ˌsēz \

Definition of cirrhosis

: 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)

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cirrhotic \ sə-​ˈrä-​tik \ adjective or noun

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Any death from alcoholic cirrhosis is preventable, which makes any number of deaths from the disease upsetting. Korin Miller, SELF, "Why Are More Millennials Dying of Alcohol-Related Liver Disease?," 27 July 2018 Deaths from cirrhosis, a form of liver damage, and liver cancer have dramatically increased in the last decade, according to a study published Wednesday. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Liver damage, liver cancer spiked over last decade -- with alcohol, unemployment seen as factors: study," 19 July 2018 Two and a half years later, doctors decided Streater did have cirrhosis and added his name to the transplant list in October. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Ben Davis teacher must 'get sicker' before he can get new liver," 4 Apr. 2018 Unbeknownst to us, there’s something called Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis or NASH cirrhosis and this was his diagnosis. Donna Rittershausen,, "A victory for organ donation on Super Bowl Sunday," 17 Apr. 2018 At its most severe, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis can progress to cirrhosis and liver failure. Steve Schering,, "'I am a fighter': Potential donors reach out to ailing Oak Park police chief in need of liver transplant," 11 May 2018 After some tests, she was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "California man offers truck, kidney to anyone who can help save dying wife," 10 May 2018 The post is a video of Haynes dancing with his mother Dana Mitchell, who died that day due to advanced cirrhosis of the liver. Maria Pasquini,, "Colton Haynes Shuts Down Rumors That Husband Jeff Leatham Cheated: 'He's an Amazing Man'," 5 May 2018 Coats and his identical twin, Devin, of Slidell, Louisiana, were both diagnosed with a severe form of liver cirrhosis in March 2017. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Liver transplant saves one teen, but identical twin dies," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of cirrhosis

circa 1847, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cirrhosis

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

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The first known use of cirrhosis was circa 1847

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English Language Learners Definition of cirrhosis

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


cir·​rho·​sis | \ sə-ˈrō-səs \
plural cirrhoses\ -​ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of cirrhosis

: 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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someone who never drinks alcohol

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