One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Designating the layer of connective tissue located beneath a serous membrane.
2Located or occurring in the subserosa; subserosal; (in later use) specifically designating fibroids (leiomyomas) which occupy the outer (subperitoneal) part of the uterine wall.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal. From sub- + serous, after French sous-séreux.
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