Definition of Cirrhosis

1. Noun. A chronic disease interfering with the normal functioning of the liver; the major cause is chronic alcoholism.

Exact synonyms: Cirrhosis Of The Liver
Generic synonyms: Liver Disease

Definition of Cirrhosis

1. n. A disease of the liver in which it usually becomes smaller in size and more dense and fibrous in consistence; hence sometimes applied to similar changes in other organs, caused by increase in the fibrous framework and decrease in the proper substance of the organ.

Definition of Cirrhosis

1. Noun. (pathology) A chronic disease of the liver caused by damage from toxins (including alcohol), metabolic problems, hepatitis or nutritional deprivation. It is characterised by an increase of fibrous tissue and the destruction of liver cells. ¹

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Definition of Cirrhosis

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Medical Definition of Cirrhosis

1. Liver disease characterised pathologically by loss of the normal microscopic lobular architecture, with fibrosis and nodular regeneration. The term is sometimes used to refer to chronic interstitial inflammation of any organ. Origin: Gr. Kirrhos = orange yellow This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cirrhosis

cirl bunting
cirrhosis (current term)
cirrhosis of the liver

Literary usage of Cirrhosis

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1. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"Portal cirrhosis of the Liver Under this heading I shall include (1) ordinary portal cirrhosis :he so-called atrophic cirrhosis of Laennec) ; (2) Band's ..."

2. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler, Thomas McCrae (1916)
"Toxic cirrhosis.—This is the only acute type and it is seen poet partum, in chloroform ... Clinically this type can scarcely be spoken of as cirrhosis. 2. ..."

3. Digestive Diseases in the United States: Epidemiology and Impact edited by James E. Everhart (1995)
"Although cirrhosis has declined during the past 15 years for both whites and ... In 1987, cirrhosis was the ninth leading cause of years of potential life ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1908)
"Experimental Tuberculous cirrhosis of the Liver.—Both French and German investigators have reported, as an accidental finding, cirrhotic changes in the ..."

5. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1894)
"cirrhosis of the Liver.—Senator refers to differences of opinion as regards the ... It is almost universally admitted that in hypertrophic cirrhosis with ..."

6. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1901)
"The previous history of Case I. is as follows: CASE I. A man, aged forty-nine years, of temperate habits, whose father it is said died of cirrhosis of the ..."

7. The Lancet (1898)
"Dr. ALEXANDER JAMBS read a paper on the Various Forms of cirrhosis of the Liver. He desired to point out that there was a unity in the pathological ..."

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