fi·​brous | \ ˈfī-brəs How to pronounce fibrous (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Genuine Maxtrax employ a proprietary fibrous nylon polymer that flexes to avoid cracking, and will stand up to years, if not decades, of repeat use. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 30 July 2022 Also, the specific adaptations in their bark, which is a natural insulator—that very thick and fibrous bark that can get up to two feet thick in some of the largest trees—it’s a perfect insulator. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, 15 July 2022 The green smoothie setting yields a smooth and creamy texture with no sign of fibrous kale or spinach. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 7 July 2022 Now researchers have found that a felt marker's fibrous tip—without ink, of course—can double as an effective, long-lasting sampler. Maddie Bender, Scientific American, 21 June 2022 The robotic finger was first submerged in a solution of collagen, which is a fibrous protein, and human dermal fibroblasts, the two major components that make up human skin. Megan Marples, CNN, 10 June 2022 Don't confuse this with cassava flour, which is more fibrous and made using the whole root. Antara Sinha, Bon Appétit, 13 June 2022 Texture-wise, hearts of palm noodles are naturally firm and fibrous—a bit crunchy when uncooked, and al dente when boiled. Audrey Bruno, SELF, 11 June 2022 The origin can also be genetic, including a few rare conditions, such as McCune-Albright syndrome, in which bone and marrow are replaced by fibrous tissue. Madeleine Watts, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 See More

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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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11 Aug 2022

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“Fibrous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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fi·​brous | \ ˈfī-brəs How to pronounce fibrous (audio) \

Kids Definition of fibrous

: containing, made of, or like fibers fibrous roots


fi·​brous | \ ˈfī-brəs How to pronounce fibrous (audio) \

Medical Definition of fibrous

1 : containing, consisting of, or resembling fibers collagen is a fibrous protein
2 : characterized by fibrosis

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