desmoid

[dez-moid]
adjective Anatomy, Zoology.
1.
resembling a fascia or fibrous sheet.
2.
resembling a ligament; ligamentous.
noun
3.
Pathology. a firm and tough tumor of nonmetastasizing, fibrous tissue.

Origin:
1840–50; < Greek desm(ós) (see desmid) + -oid

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desmoid (ˈdɛsmɔɪd)
 
adj
1.  anatomy resembling a tendon or ligament
 
n
2.  pathol a very firm tumour of connective tissue
 
[C19: from Greek desmos band + -oid; see desmid]

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desmoid des·moid (děz'moid')
adj.
Fibrous or ligamentous. n.
A benign tumor of firm scarlike connective tissue resulting from the proliferation of fibroblasts and occurring most frequently in the abdominal muscles of women who have borne children. Also called desmoid tumor.

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