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[fahy-broh-sis] /faɪˈbroʊ sɪs/
noun, Pathology
the development in an organ of excess fibrous connective tissue.
Origin of fibrosis
1870-75; fibr- + -osis
Related forms
[fahy-brot-ik] /faɪˈbrɒt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fibrosis
  • Cystic fibrosis pulmonary guidelines: pulmonary complications: hemoptysis and pneumothorax.
  • Newborns are now often screened for cystic fibrosis with the idea that they can be treated early to help avoid complications.
  • Serious side effects include pulmonary fibrosis, severe skin rash, and skin reactions at the infusion site.
British Dictionary definitions for fibrosis


the formation of an abnormal amount of fibrous tissue in an organ or part as the result of inflammation, irritation, or healing
Derived Forms
fibrotic (faɪˈbrɒtɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for fibrosis

1873, a Modern Latin hybrid, from Latin fibra (see fiber) + Greek suffix -osis.

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fibrosis in Medicine

fibrosis fi·bro·sis (fī-brō'sĭs)
The formation of fibrous tissue as a reparative or reactive process.

fi·brot'ic (-brŏt'ĭk) adj.
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