[skir-uh s, sir-]
- of a hard, fibrous consistency.
- of, relating to, or constituting a scirrhus.
Origin of scirrhous
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Examples from the Web for scirrhous
A pressure made on the brachial vein and its branches by scirrhous glands in the axilla, is a common cause of this state.
Dr. Prieger had previously extirpated a scirrhous parotid successfully.
The forms of cancer which occur primarily in the stomach are scirrhous, medullary, colloid, and cylindrical epithelial cancer.
This scirrhous base is often exposed after the destruction of the greater part of the soft cancer by ulceration and sloughing.
Rokitansky emphasizes the error of confounding the disease with scirrhous cancer.
- pathol of or resembling a scirrhus; hard
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Word Origin and History for scirrhous
1560s, from Middle French scirrheux (16c., Modern French squirreux), from Modern Latin scirrhosus, from Latin scirros "a hard swelling, tumor," from Greek skirrhos "hard tumor," from skiros (adj.) "hard," of unknown origin.
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- Hardened; indurated.
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