Definition of Laennec's cirrhosis in US English:

Laennec's cirrhosis


  • A type of cirrhosis of the liver characterized by a nodular appearance of the liver surface, associated with alcoholism.

    • ‘While Laennec's stethoscope revolutionized diagnosis of diseases of the chest, his name is eponymously associated with micronodular cirrhosis of the liver (Laennec's cirrhosis).’
    • ‘His name is also immortalized in the micronodular ‘Laennec's cirrhosis’ of the liver.’


Early 19th century: named after René T. H. Laënnec (1781–1826), the French physician who described the condition.


Laennec's cirrhosis

/lāˌneks səˈrōsəs/