fi·​bro·​sis | \ fī-ˈbrō-səs How to pronounce fibrosis (audio) \

Definition of fibrosis

: a condition marked by increase of interstitial fibrous tissue

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Other Words from fibrosis

fibrotic \ fī-​ˈbrä-​tik How to pronounce fibrotic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of fibrosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And Pliant Therapeutics, which is focusing on fibrosis, is up more than 90% since its early June IPO. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "The Fed put new restrictions on US banks. Some want it to go further," 26 June 2020 The illness brought on years of other long-term medical issues, including acute respiratory distress syndrome, pulmonary fibrosis, bilateral drop foot and permanent lung damage. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘It’s almost like there’s this monster inside of you’," 19 June 2020 Johnson died from complications of pulmonary fibrosis, according to NBC 5. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, "Longtime Chicago TV news anchor Dick Johnson dies at 66," 11 June 2020 Michael suffered from pulmonary fibrosis, diabetes and heart problems. Enquirer Staff,, "The pandemic's toll is real. Here are a few of those we've lost.," 11 June 2020 That kind of damage can be an early sign of pulmonary fibrosis. Cnn Staff, CNN, "Road to Recovery: Dr. Sanjay Gupta's coronavirus podcast for June 10," 10 June 2020 Alvis in 2015 was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disease that occurs when lung tissue becomes damaged and scarred. Carol Robinson |, al, "Terminally ill father dies after ‘walking’ 9-year-old down the aisle," 3 June 2020 Lewis, 76, of San Francisco, has a terminal lung disease known as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Peter Fimrite,, "Isolated and dying, patients get help connecting with their families from palliative caregivers," 12 Apr. 2020 DePinho is particularly worried that the immune response to Covid-19 may cause irreversible scarring known as pulmonary fibrosis. Gina Yu And Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, "Why overcoming Covid-19 is just the first hurdle of a much longer journey," 19 May 2020

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First Known Use of fibrosis

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fibrosis

New Latin

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The first known use of fibrosis was in 1873

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3 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fibrosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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fi·​bro·​sis | \ fī-ˈbrō-səs How to pronounce fibrosis (audio) \
plural fibroses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce fibroses (audio) \

Medical Definition of fibrosis

: a condition marked by increase of interstitial fibrous tissue : fibrous degeneration

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