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

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One bustier dress, if it can be called that, was made of interlocking semicircles of sheer fabric with a black fibrous edge. Washington Post, "Dior goes black in Paris show that celebrates couture roots," 1 July 2019 LAMINITIS Laminae are the fibrous tissues that attach the hoof to the leg. Jeff Goertzen, The Mercury News, "The truth about horse racing deaths," 30 June 2019 In their paper, Kaplan and his colleagues point to mushroom chitosan, a fibrous material found in the cell wall of mushrooms, as one potential scaffolding material. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Tired: Eating Bugs. Wired: Eating Bug Meat Grown in a Lab," 3 June 2019 While the exact cause of the disease remains unknown, researchers do know that scleroderma comes about due to an overproduction of collagen (a fibrous protein). Lambeth Hochwald,, "What Is Scleroderma—and How Can I Tell If I Have It?," 21 June 2019 Karen Smit, Gemological Institute of America One particularly curious question is how the chemistry of tiny fluid inclusions within many diamonds, known as fibrous diamonds, came to be. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Earth's seafloor may be destined to become diamonds," 30 May 2019 The inner drum rotates, causing strands of heated soy and gluten to wrap around each other and create fibrous structures. Marta Zaraska, Discover Magazine, "Raising the Steaks: How One City in the Netherlands Wants to Feed the World," 13 Mar. 2019 This fibrous gel later gets broken down by bacteria in the large intestine, a process that ends up providing a small amount of calories, per the FDA. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What’s the Difference Between Soluble and Insoluble Fiber?," 15 May 2019 For heavy weeds and fibrous stalks, use a string trimmer. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Brush Clearing Tips and Equipment," 19 Apr. 2019

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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 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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