elastic fiber

noun

Definition of elastic fiber 

: a thick very elastic smooth yellowish anastomosing fiber of connective tissue that contains elastin

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Stretch marks are simply lines on skin that develop when skin stretches — whether because of a growth spurt, weight gain, or pregnancy — and elastic fibers under the skin weaken or break. Jody Rogac, Allure, "6 Women Show Off Their Stretch Marks in Striking Portraits," 17 Jan. 2018 There are two layers of elastic fibers lining the inner and outer surfaces of the thick muscular wall of the artery. Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, "Was This Headache Just a Migraine, or Something Worse?," 13 Sep. 2017

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1849, in the meaning defined above

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elastic fiber

noun

Medical Definition of elastic fiber 

: a thick very elastic smooth yellowish anastomosing fiber of connective tissue that contains elastin

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