or che·loid

[ kee-loid ]
/ ˈki lɔɪd /

noun Pathology.

an abnormal proliferation of scar tissue, as on the site of a surgical incision.

Nearby words

  1. kelly, ellsworth,
  2. kelly, gene,
  3. kelly, george,
  4. kelly, grace,
  5. kelmscott manor,
  6. keloidosis,
  7. keloplasty,
  8. kelowna,
  9. kelp,
  10. kelp bass

Origin of keloid

1850–55; earlier kel(is) keloid (< Greek kēlís stain, spot) + -oid

Related formske·loi·dal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for keloid

  • These keloid scars shrink and whiten in the course of a year or eighteen months.

  • The hard fibroma known as keloid is described with the affections of scars.

    Manual of Surgery|Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • In rare instances the burned area becomes the seat of a peculiar overgrowth of fibrous tissue of the nature of keloid (p 401).

    Manual of Surgery|Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles

British Dictionary definitions for keloid



/ (ˈkiːlɔɪd) /


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 Formskeloidal or cheloidal, adjective

Word Origin for keloid

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for keloid



A red, raised formation of fibrous scar tissue caused by excessive tissue repair in response to trauma or incision.

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