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cirrhosis


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cirrhosis  \Cir*rho"sis\,  n.  [NL.,  fr  Gr  ?  orange-colored:  cf 
  F.  cirrhose.  So  called  from  the  yellowish  appearance  which 
  the  diseased  liver  often  presents  when  cut.]  (Med.) 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cirrhosis 
  n  :  a  chronic  disease  interfering  with  the  normal  functioning  of 
  the  liver;  the  major  cause  is  chronic  alcoholism  [syn:  {cirrhosis 
  of  the  liver}] 




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