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[skir-uh s, sir-]
adjective Pathology.
  1. of a hard, fibrous consistency.
  2. of, relating to, or constituting a scirrhus.
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Origin of scirrhous

First recorded in 1555–65; scirrh(us) + -ous
Related formsscir·rhos·i·ty [ski-ros-i-tee] /skɪˈrɒs ɪ ti/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for scirrhous


  1. pathol of or resembling a scirrhus; hard
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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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scirrhous in Medicine


(skĭrəs, sĭr-)
  1. Hardened; indurated.
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