One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The thickening and scarring of connective tissue, usually as a result of injury.
- ‘Fine crackles are heard with pulmonary edema, pneumonia and pulmonary fibrosis.’
- ‘Asbestosis is the interstitial pneumonitis and fibrosis caused by inhalation of asbestos fibers.’
- ‘The nonneoplastic liver showed mild fibrosis without signs of cirrhosis or hepatitis.’
- ‘If infection and inflammation continue, fibrosis, or tissue scarring, occurs.’
- ‘Most patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease do not progress to advanced fibrosis and cirrhosis.’
Late 19th century: from Latin fibra (see fiber) + -osis.
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