ke·​loid | \ ˈkē-ˌlȯid \

Definition of keloid

: a thick scar resulting from excessive growth of fibrous tissue

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Other Words from keloid

keloid adjective
keloidal \ kē-​ˈlȯi-​dᵊl \ adjective

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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, "Everything You Want to Know About Tragus Piercings — Including How Much They Hurt," 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 Smart Questions to Ask Before Getting a Tattoo," 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 Smart Questions to Ask Before Getting a Tattoo," 9 Nov. 2018 Instead, some of her acne turned into keloids, which are large, scar-tissue growths that develop in some people when their skin is injured or damaged. Blake Bakkila,, "This Woman’s Acne Treatment Caused Large Scars—Here’s Why She's Embracing Them," 16 May 2018 Within a few days, according to the videos, the keloid becomes black and eventually falls off. Amanda Macmillan,, "People Are Using Rubber Bands to Remove Scar Tissue on YouTube—Here's Why That's a Bad Idea," 12 Apr. 2018 In rare situations, some insurance companies cover excision of a painful keloid scar resulting from earlobe repair, Dr. Giordano says, adding that this is uncommon and only happens if your body doesn’t react well to the repair in the first place. Talia Abbas, SELF, "So, You Ripped a Hole in Your Earlobe—Here's How to Fix It," 1 May 2018 Complications from piercings or tattoos are not common but may include severe infections, allergic reactions or keloids, a growth of extra scar tissue, Levine said. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Your kids want a tattoo or piercing? Here's what pediatricians recommend," 18 Sep. 2017 Some of the consequences include potential for keloids and infections such as hepatitis and tetanus and long-term regret or discomfort revealing tattoos in professional settings. Brianna Chambers, ajc, "Pediatrician to parents: Treat conversations about tattoos, piercings like ‘the sex talk’," 18 Sep. 2017

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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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variants: also cheloid \ ˈkē-​ˌlȯid \

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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to gather or build up little by little

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