Definition of necrosis in English:


Line breaks: ne¦cro|sis
Pronunciation: /nɛˈkrəʊsɪs


[mass noun] Medicine
The death of most or all of the cells in an organ or tissue due to disease, injury, or failure of the blood supply.
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  • As the disease progresses, necrosis and liver cell death may lead to fibrosis.
  • The combination increases the risk of soft tissue necrosis and osteonecrosis.
  • Multifocal calcifications associated with tumor cell necrosis were also seen.


mid 17th century: modern Latin, from Greek nekrōsis (see necro-, -osis).



Pronunciation: /-ˈkrɒtɪk/
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  • The strangulated haemorrhoid becomes necrotic and sloughs off, while the underlying tissue undergoes fixation by fibrotic wound healing.
  • It is postulated that the necrotic lung granulomas are related to ischemia from the nearby vasculitis.
  • The granuloma becomes necrotic and drops off within seven to 14 days.

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