fi·​broid | \ ˈfī-brȯid How to pronounce fibroid (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Jewelia, 44, who asked that her last name not be used, said fibroid removal surgery scheduled at Kaiser was canceled twice because of the pandemic. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, "‘Just living with pain’: Women’s healthcare waylaid by COVID-19 pandemic," 22 Feb. 2021 One of those organizations is The White Dress Project, which provides fibroid awareness, raises funds for research, and supports those who are managing life with fibroids. Natalie Gontcharova,, "Exclusive: Kamala Harris Introduces Bill On Uterine Fibroids," 30 July 2020 The Honey Pot Company and Acessa Health, a company innovating minimally invasive fibroid removal solutions, are partnering up to get menstrual products to women affected by the shortage. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "The Honey Pot And Acessa Health Partner To Offer Free Menstrual Products To Fibroid Sufferers," 9 June 2020 Two years ago, Nikki had a major surgery to remove 12 benign fibroid tumors from her uterus. New York Times, "My Partner’s IUI Treatment Drained Us Both Emotionally," 17 Apr. 2020 At the meeting, Blithe recalls, Stratakis prohibited further clinical studies of the fibroid drug that Nieman had proposed. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "Female scientists allege discrimination, neglect of research on women at NIH’s child health institute," 2 Apr. 2020 In 2010, after having surgery to remove uterine fibroid tumors, a reaction to a blood thinner actually caused her blood to clot. Amy Sinatra Ayres, USA TODAY, "Breast cancer survivor says fitness was key to her recovery," 9 Dec. 2019 There had been no discussion of the services that black women needed most, such as fibroid-tumor screenings, mammograms, and pre- and postnatal care. Alexis Okeowo, The New Yorker, "Fighting for Abortion Access in the South," 7 Oct. 2019 Surgeons are also doing fewer hysterectomies, reflecting a growing view that the uterus does not outlive its usefulness once childbearing is done and that there are less drastic ways to address common issues such as fibroid tumors. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "Are All Our Organs Vital?," 1 Mar. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But before that could happen, Ms. Chettiar would need surgery for a uterine fibroid and months of recovery time afterward. New York Times, "After Two Dating Apps and 98 First Dates, Something Was Different About the 99th," 29 Jan. 2021 Not all people with fibroids have symptoms, and the size and shape of the fibroid can vary greatly, ranging from tiny growths that are undetectable to the human eye to large masses that can distort the uterus’ shape. Mary Retta, Allure, "Why Are Black Women More at Risk for Uterine Fibroids?," 16 Sep. 2020 Symptomatic fibroids can cause heavy bleeding, pain and pressure in the abdomen. Katherine Hobson, New York Times, "Know Your Uterus," 18 Apr. 2020 Burruss was worried about carrying her own after a high-risk pregnancy with Ace and her history with fibroids, noncancerous growths in the uterus. Dave Quinn,, "RHOA's Kandi Burruss Reveals Her Surrogate Was Pregnant with Twins — But Lost One," 3 Nov. 2019 The causes of infertility can vary from what’s called male factor infertility—which includes problems like poor sperm quality and low quantity—to female factor infertility like blocked or missing fallopian tubes, endometriosis, or fibroids. Minhae Shim Roth, Glamour, "What Is IVF? Your Complete Guide to Understanding the Process," 20 Apr. 2020 Find out more about uterine fibroids, I.V.F. and when to seek fertility advice. New York Times, "My Partner’s IUI Treatment Drained Us Both Emotionally," 17 Apr. 2020 Nieman, Blithe, and others had co-patented a drug, ulipristal acetate, that was marketed in different dosages as an emergency contraceptive and as a treatment for uterine fibroids. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "Female scientists allege discrimination, neglect of research on women at NIH’s child health institute," 2 Apr. 2020 The two that could be more complicated to treat, and potentially fatal, are endometrial cancer and fibroids that have become cancerous. Maggie O'neill,, "Bleeding After Menopause Isn’t Normal, and You Should Get It Checked Out Immediately," 21 Nov. 2019

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1852, in the meaning defined above


circa 1860, in the meaning defined above

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fi·​broid | \ ˈfīb-rȯid How to pronounce fibroid (audio) , ˈfib- How to pronounce fibroid (audio) \

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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