One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An area of irregular fibrous tissue formed at the site of a scar or injury.
- ‘Clinically, the lesions are papular and may be mistaken for keloids.’
- ‘It's an affordable over-the-counter remedy that's said to visibly improve keloids, burns and some scars.’
- ‘Other non-life threatening complications include pain, keloids, dermoid cysts, introital and vaginal stenosis, neuromas, painful intercourse, and increased infertility rates.’
- ‘If the patient is prone to keloids, special garments may be used to reduce this scarring.’
- ‘These complications included keloids, wound dehiscence, incisional hernias, and chronic abscesses at the wound site.’
Mid 19th century: via French from Greek khēlē ‘crab's claw’ + -oid.
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