ke·​loid ˈkē-ˌlȯid How to pronounce keloid (audio)
: a thick scar resulting from excessive growth of fibrous tissue
keloid adjective
keloidal adjective

Examples of keloid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As mentioned, keloids are essentially a scarring response, so if your skin is prone to keloids, there is a chance that that type of external scarring might occur, post-operatively. Zahra Spencer, Allure, 19 July 2023 First, there’s hypertrophic acne scarring, where the scar tissue grows in lumps or bumps and creates what's also known as keloid scarring. Aryelle Siclait, Women's Health, 26 May 2023 The cause: There are different causes for keloids, says Gohara. Women's Health, 2 May 2023 For keloid and other scars, some medical providers inject cortisone or other steroids to reduce the thickness. Claire Bugos, Discover Magazine, 6 May 2021 Except for those under 18 or with a history of keloid scars, all monkeypox vaccines in the county will be administered in the new method, which involves a shallower shot, between layers of skin, instead of into underlying fat. Grace Tooheystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2022 The standard injection method will still be used for people younger than 18 and anyone with a history of developing keloid scars., 21 Aug. 2022 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 See More

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Word History


French kéloïde, from Greek chēlē claw

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of keloid was in 1854

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Cite this Entry

“Keloid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


variants also cheloid
: a thick scar resulting from excessive growth of fibrous tissue and occurring especially after burns or radiation injury
keloid adjective

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