scar tissue


Definition of scar tissue 

: the connective tissue forming a scar and composed chiefly of fibroblasts in recent scars and largely of dense collagenous fibers in old scars

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Both endometriosis and previous surgeries can cause scar tissue to develop in the area, and endometriosis can also add inflammation. Korin Miller, SELF, "Lena Dunham Reveals She Had Surgery to Remove an Ovary That Was 'Encased in Scar Tissue'," 17 Oct. 2018 Since arriving at the hospital, Gus has undergone a surgery to remove the scar tissue. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Texas dog found with shoelace embedded in neck, severely swollen head, saved by animal rescue," 6 Sep. 2018 Necrotic has a bad smell and destroys the surrounding tissue, and sclerotic exhibits scar tissue. Bartie Scott, Teen Vogue, "Rare "Flesh-Eating" STI Donovanosis Discovered in the U.K.," 23 Aug. 2018 Unlike copper or iron, which are frequently used in industrial alloys, these metals don't tend to kill off nearby human tissues, and the body usually won't reject the intruding metals and form scar tissue. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "Tomorrow's Prosthetic Implants May Be Made of This New Titanium Alloy," 25 July 2016 The razor bumps that result can lead to dark marks, scar tissue, and even infection. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Why workplace bans on facial hair marginalize men of color," 28 Sep. 2018 Most notably, the body recognizes the invading electrodes and encases them in scar tissue. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Oscillating brain goes regular before migraine pain hits," 15 Aug. 2018 There is only a short time between the onset of a heart attack and the development of scar tissue where once there were living muscle cells. New York Times, "Dying Organs Restored to Life in Novel Experiments," 10 July 2018 The doctor recommended an operation to remove the problematic scar tissue. Laura Beil, Cosmopolitan, "Millions of Women Are Injured During Childbirth. Why Aren't Doctors Diagnosing Them?," 18 July 2016

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1875, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of scar tissue 

: the connective tissue forming a scar and composed chiefly of fibroblasts in recent scars and largely of dense collagenous fibers in old scars

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