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[kee-loid] /ˈki lɔɪd/
noun, Pathology
an abnormal proliferation of scar tissue, as on the site of a surgical incision.
Also, cheloid.
1850-55; earlier kel(is) keloid (< Greek kēlís stain, spot) + -oid
Related forms
keloidal, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for keloid
  • She pressed her hands firmly but gently alongside the sensitive keloid above where her stomach use to be.
  • Exposure to the sun during the first year after the keloid forms will cause the keloid to tan darker than the skin around it.
British Dictionary definitions for keloid


(pathol) a hard smooth pinkish raised growth of scar tissue at the site of an injury, tending to occur more frequently in dark-skinned races
Derived Forms
keloidal, cheloidal, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Greek khēlē claw
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Word Origin and History for keloid

also cheloid, 1854, from French kéloïde, from Greek khele "crab claw, talon, cloven hoof" + -oides (see -oid). Related: Keloidal; cheloidal.

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keloid in Medicine

keloid ke·loid or che·loid (kē'loid')
A red, raised formation of fibrous scar tissue caused by excessive tissue repair in response to trauma or incision.

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Encyclopedia Article for keloid

fibrous tissue overgrowth occurring in scars. Usually only the skin layers are affected in this manner; scars of the mucous membranes or deeper tissues do not form keloids. Keloids are sometimes equated with fibrous tumours, but most pathologists do not consider them to be neoplasms (new growths of physiologically nonfunctional tissue).

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