|Also called: cirrhosis of the liver any of various progressive diseases of the liver, characterized by death of liver cells, irreversible fibrosis, etc: caused by inadequate diet, excessive alcohol, chronic infection, etc|
|[C19: New Latin, from Greek kirrhos orange-coloured + |
cirrhosis cir·rho·sis (sĭ-rō'sĭs)
A chronic disease of the liver characterized by the replacement of normal tissue with fibrous tissue and the loss of functional liver cells. It can result from alcohol abuse, nutritional deprivation, or infection especially by the hepatitis virus.
Chronic interstitial inflammation of any tissue or organ. Also called fibroid induration.
|cirrhosis (sĭ-rō'sĭs) Pronunciation Key
A chronic disease of the liver characterized by the replacement of normal tissue with scar tissue and the loss of functional liver cells. It is most commonly caused by chronic alcohol abuse, but can also result from nutritional deprivation or infection, especially by the hepatitis virus.
A chronic disease of the liver, characterized by replacement of normal liver cells with a form of connective tissue. Owing to the scarring caused by this disease, irreversible damage to the liver can result.
Note: Cirrhosis is often associated with alcoholism.