[skir-uh s, sir-]
noun, plural scir·rhi [skir-ahy, sir-ahy] /ˈskɪr aɪ, ˈsɪr aɪ/, scir·rhus·es. Pathology.
  1. a firm, densely collagenous cancer.

Origin of scirrhus

1595–1605; < New Latin < Latin scirros < Greek skírrhos, variant of skîros hard covering, derivative of skirós hard Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -rhi (-raɪ) or -rhuses
  1. pathol a hard cancerous growth composed of fibrous tissuesAlso called: scirrhous carcinoma
Derived Formsscirrhoid (ˈsɪrɔɪd), adjective

Word Origin for scirrhus

C17: from New Latin, from Latin scirros, from Greek skirros, from skiros hard
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scirrhus in Medicine


[skĭrəs, sĭr-]
n. pl. scir•rhus•es
  1. A hard, dense cancerous growth usually arising from connective tissue.
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