cirrhosis

noun
cir·​rho·​sis | \ sə-ˈrō-səs How to pronounce cirrhosis (audio) \
plural cirrhoses\ sə-​ˈrō-​ˌsēz How to pronounce cirrhoses (audio) \

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 How to pronounce cirrhotic (audio) \ adjective or noun

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Holmes had an enlarged heart and cirrhosis of the liver -- both signs of significant pre-existing disease, the Dominican authorities said, and Day also had fluid in her brain. Rosa Flores, CNN, "After mysterious tourist deaths and shooting of David Ortiz, Dominican tourism officials seek to reassure travelers," 12 June 2019 Holmes had an enlarged heart and cirrhosis of the liver — both signs of significant pre-existing disease. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Early Autopsy Results Still Inconclusive On American Tourists Who Died At The Same Dominican Republic Resort," 7 June 2019 Holmes is listed as having an enlarged heart and cirrhosis of the liver. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Dominican Republic resort deaths mystery: timeline," 25 May 2019 The asymptomatic and slow-moving ailment can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. Riley Griffin, Bloomberg.com, "Intercept Tries to Outrun Pharma in Race for the Next Blockbuster," 10 Apr. 2019 President Pierce was an alcoholic who died of cirrhosis of the liver. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why It's Impossible to Be a Likeable Female Politician," 11 Jan. 2019 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

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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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cirrhosis

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cirrhosis

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

cirrhosis

noun
cir·​rho·​sis | \ sə-ˈrō-səs How to pronounce cirrhosis (audio) \
plural cirrhoses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce cirrhoses (audio) \

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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