cirrhosis

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

Other Words from cirrhosis

cirrhotic \ sə-​ˈrä-​tik How to pronounce cirrhosis (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of cirrhosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two or more cups a day of caffeinated coffee has been shown to reduce the progression to cirrhosis in people with NAFLD. Dr. Michael Daignault, USA TODAY, 2 June 2022 With the drugs now widely available, anyone age 65 and older qualifies, in addition to those with compromised immune systems and those with chronic diseases from diabetes to cirrhosis of the liver. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 May 2022 Kerouac, who at that point has just over a year to go before cirrhosis of the liver does him in, is not at his best. Michael Washburn, National Review, 12 Mar. 2022 His journalism suffered from what might be called cirrhosis of the prose. Lance Morrow, WSJ, 27 Dec. 2021 The severity of the disease typically depends on which virus causes it—while hepatitis A infection usually lasts for weeks and does not cause permanent injury, hepatitis C is usually chronic and can cause cirrhosis, or permanent liver scarring. Zachary Snowdon Smith, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Latinos did have higher death rates than white residents for diabetes, homicide, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis. Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2022 Overdoses afflict the races about equally, while white people are 55% more likely to drink themselves to death through cirrhosis or chronic liver disease. Michael Warren, ajc, 12 Apr. 2022 Overdoses afflict the races about equally, while white people are 55 percent more likely to drink themselves to death through cirrhosis or chronic liver disease. NBC News, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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6 Jun 2022

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“Cirrhosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cirrhosis. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for cirrhosis

cirrhosis

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