- an abnormal proliferation of scar tissue, as on the site of a surgical incision.
Origin of keloid
1850–55; earlier kel(is) keloid (< Greek kēlís stain, spot) + -oid
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Examples from the Web for keloid
These keloid scars shrink and whiten in the course of a year or eighteen months.
In rare instances the burned area becomes the seat of a peculiar overgrowth of fibrous tissue of the nature of keloid (p 401).
The hard fibroma known as keloid is described with the affections of scars.
- 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
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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- A red, raised formation of fibrous scar tissue caused by excessive tissue repair in response to trauma or incision.
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