[skir-uh s, sir-]

adjective Pathology.

of a hard, fibrous consistency.
of, relating to, or constituting a scirrhus.

Nearby words

  1. scire facias,
  2. scirocco,
  3. scirrhi,
  4. scirrhoid,
  5. scirrhosity,
  6. scirrhous carcinoma,
  7. scirrhus,
  8. scissel,
  9. scissile,
  10. scission

Origin of scirrhous

First recorded in 1555–65; scirrh(us) + -ous

Related formsscir·rhos·i·ty [ski-ros-i-tee] /skɪˈrɒs ɪ ti/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scirrhous



pathol of or resembling a scirrhus; hard
Derived Formsscirrhosity (sɪˈrɒsɪtɪ), noun

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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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Medicine definitions for scirrhous


[skĭrəs, sĭr-]


Hardened; indurated.

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