ke·​loid | \ ˈkē-ˌlȯid How to pronounce keloid (audio) \

Definition of keloid

: a thick scar resulting from excessive growth of fibrous tissue

Other Words from keloid

keloid adjective
keloidal \ kē-​ˈlȯi-​dᵊl How to pronounce keloid (audio) \ adjective

Examples of keloid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some people have a genetic tendency to develop keloid scars, a painful, large scar that heals beyond the original incision or damage. Ashley Abramson, Allure, 30 Mar. 2022 Thick scar tissue growing progressively following surgery sounds very much like a keloid. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 28 June 2021 The same injection is typically used for keloid scars, hypertrophic scars, and inflamed skin, like cystic acne. Devon Abelman, Allure, 25 May 2021 Lilfesil of Brazil unveiled a new type of breast implant as a option to silicone, along with gel sheets to minimize scars and keloids. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, 2 July 2019 In an effort to feel better about her keloids and get others to stop viewing them as unsightly or negative, Lawrence began collaborating with photographer Sophie Mayanne for her body-positive project, Behind the Scars. Blake Bakkila,, 16 May 2018 Some of the most common risks are hypertrophic scarring, which is when a bubble or bump forms around the jewelry, and keloids, which are raised scars. Devon Abelman, Allure, 13 Aug. 2018 Another possible reaction is keloids, which are raised scars that grow past the bounds of the original injury, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Jessica Toscano, SELF, 9 Nov. 2018 Certain factors predispose you to keloids, like being a person of color and having a family history of these scars, the AAD explains. Jessica Toscano, SELF, 9 Nov. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of keloid

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for keloid

French kéloïde, from Greek chēlē claw

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9 Apr 2022

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variants: also cheloid \ ˈkē-​ˌlȯid How to pronounce keloid (audio) \

Medical Definition of keloid

: a thick scar resulting from excessive growth of fibrous tissue and occurring especially after burns or radiation injury

Other Words from keloid

keloid adjective

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