fi·​broid | \ ˈfī-brȯid , ˈfi-\

Definition of fibroid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: resembling, forming, or consisting of fibrous tissue a fibroid tumor



Definition of fibroid (Entry 2 of 2)

: a benign tumor that consists of fibrous and muscular tissue and occurs especially in the uterine wall

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Others assume their fibroid symptoms are being caused by something else. Korin Miller, SELF, "FKA Twigs Reveals She Had Fibroid Tumors Removed From Her Uterus: ‘It Was Like Being 6 Months Pregnant’," 9 May 2018 What kinds of infertility can IFV treat?: Fallopian tube damage or blockage, infrequent ovulation, endometriosis, fibroid tumors, genetic disorders and other conditions. Julie Washington,, "The in vitro fertilization process and what's at risk. Your questions answered," 10 Mar. 2018 Vanessa Jacoby, an associate professor in the department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at University of California, San Francisco, conducts research in new fibroid treatments. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "New Treatment for Fibroids Without Surgery," 23 Oct. 2017 While a hysterectomy is the most common way to treat fibroid tumors, women who still want to have children can have a myomectomy. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "New Treatment for Fibroids Without Surgery," 23 Oct. 2017 Several studies have found that the controversy has reduced the rate of minimally invasive hysterectomies and fibroid removals. Marie Mccullough,, "Surgical device that spread cancer is revamped, but safety is questioned," 13 Aug. 2017 In November 2014, the F.D.A. went further, recommending that power morcellators not be used in the vast majority of women having fibroid surgery. Denise Grady, New York Times, "Amy Reed, Doctor Who Fought a Risky Medical Procedure, Dies at 44," 24 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

According to research, reproductive health conditions like fibroids, polycystic ovarian syndrome, infertility, and endometriosis are all fairly common among the Black community. Teen Vogue, "Period Taboo and Menstrual Cups in the Black Community," 15 Nov. 2018 There are a number of abnormal but typically benign growths that can occur on your reproductive organs, including ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, uterine/endometrial polyps, and cervical polyps. Amy Marturana, SELF, "12 Causes of Spotting and Breakthrough Bleeding," 28 Dec. 2018 Laparoscopy is performed to examine the abdominal wall or the female pelvic organs and diagnose problems such as cysts, adhesions, fibroids, endometriosis, or infections that might be impacting ovulation or implantation. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "Health & Fitness," 1 Oct. 2018 And interesting fact: As many as three out of four women experience uterine fibroids at some point during their lives, but most have no symptoms. Elizabeth Kiefer, Teen Vogue, "What Is A Period? 10 Things To Know About Your Menstrual Cycle," 6 Sep. 2018 Conditions like endometriosis and uterine fibroids can make your period a living hell, full of debilitating pain and excessive bleeding. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Signs an IUD Is Right for You—and 5 It Isn’t," 18 Jan. 2018 Reasons include a hypothyroid (see above) and possibly something funky lingering in your uterus like fibroids in the lining, polyps, or endometriosis. Kenny Thapoung, Marie Claire, "3 Signs There's Something Wrong with Your Period," 15 Oct. 2015 There is limited research showing the efficacy of biopsies in hysterectomies for fibroids. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "CDC Eyes Review of Gynecological Cancer Screens," 2 May 2018 No doctor has ever initiated a conversation with me about fibroids, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), or endometriosis. Minda Honey, Longreads, "The Power in Knowing: Black Women, HIV, and the Realities of Safe Sex," 19 June 2018

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fi·​broid | \ ˈfīb-rȯid , ˈfib- \

Medical Definition of fibroid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: resembling, forming, or consisting of fibrous tissue



Medical Definition of fibroid (Entry 2 of 2)

: a benign tumor especially of the uterine wall that consists of fibrous and muscular tissue

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