fi·brous | \ˈfī-brəs \

Definition of fibrous 

1a : containing, consisting of, or resembling fibers

b : characterized by fibrosis

c : capable of being separated into fibers a fibrous mineral

2 : tough, sinewy fibrous texture

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Examples of fibrous in a Sentence

He had surgery to remove fibrous scar tissue in his knee. thick, fibrous hair that was not easy to comb

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Each disk has a thick, fibrous outer layer and a gel-like center. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "The Back Pain Repair Manual," 22 May 2018 Coal dust particles enter the lungs, irritating the delicate lung tissue and eventually forming massive impenetrable fibrous tissue that significantly restricts the lung's functions and causes scarring, which can lead to lung failure and death. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky coal mine officials charged with cheating on key safety tests," 11 July 2018 Since the first electron microscopes turned their beams on bone in the late 1960s, scientists knew it was primarily made up of bone mineral and collagen, a fibrous protein. Angus Chen, Scientific American, "Core Strength: Extreme “Close Ups” May Help Explain Why Our Bones Are So Strong," 3 May 2018 That’s why almost all the mangoes in American markets are the fine-looking but bland, fibrous pretenders from Florida, Brazil or Mexico, not the storied ones of India. Chandrahas Choudhury, WSJ, "On the Great Indian Mango Trail," 6 July 2018 The bun is impressive, but the real miracle of this dish is that Kapur figured out how to summon a perfect echo of a traditional steamed bun texture from something as tough and fibrous as beef tongue. Ali Bouzari,, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018 To her left, a Ziploc bulged with what looked like miniature coconuts, the fibrous skins creasing the plastic. Eric Boodman, STAT, "It’s not ‘all in your head’: When other doctors give up on patients, a boundary-breaking neurologist treats them," 19 June 2018 But first the raw product's fibrous stalk needs to be removed from the inner stem, Albers said. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska is on the brink of a hemp-growing industry. But first, the state gets to pick the players.," 26 May 2018 Individuals working with tough, fibrous material, Frayer reasoned, could have held it between their teeth and one hand, then used an edged stone tool to saw off a small piece with the other hand. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Was Science Wrong About Being Right?," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of fibrous

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fibrous

modification of Middle French fibreux, from fibre fiber

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English Language Learners Definition of fibrous

: containing, made of, or resembling fibers


fi·brous | \ˈfī-brəs \

Kids Definition of fibrous

: containing, made of, or like fibers fibrous roots


fi·brous | \ˈfī-brəs \

Medical Definition of fibrous 

1 : containing, consisting of, or resembling fibers collagen is a fibrous protein

2 : characterized by fibrosis

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