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

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 But the pressure from the fibroids felt like a stack of bricks bearing down on my cervix, and to alleviate the pain, I was told to lie with my hips elevated. Aileen Weintraub, Glamour, "My High-Risk Pregnancy Almost Plunged Me Into Financial Ruin," 11 May 2018 Symptoms accompanying fibroids can range in severity, and those with tumors may experience heavy or long menstrual periods, abnormal bleeding between periods, pelvic pain, pain during intercourse, and frequent urination. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "FKA twigs Had Fibroid Tumors Removed," 9 May 2018 Others have had hysterectomies to address conditions like cancer and fibroids. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "Transplanted Wombs Provide Potential Path to Fertility for Millions of Women," 18 June 2018 Lupron is used to treat endometriosis and uterine fibroids, among other illnesses. Ed Silverman, STAT, "AbbVie is reprimanded by the FDA for failing to properly probe death complaints," 8 June 2018 According to the Mayo Clinic, it can be caused by inflammation and scar tissue due to pregnancy, pelvic surgery (like a hysterectomy), ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, cancer treatment, and pelvic inflammatory disease, among others. Carolyn L. Todd, Glamour, "This Weird Little 'Doughnut' Wants to Put an End to Painful Sex," 15 May 2018 Embolization, a procedure pioneered by interventional radiologists, can be used to stop bleeding or to starve a fibroid or tumor of its blood supply. Susan Scutti, CNN, "What we know -- and don't know -- about Melania Trump's procedure," 15 May 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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