Share this entry

scirrhus Line breaks: scir|rhus
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪrəs/
/ˈskɪrəs/

Definition of scirrhus in English:

noun (plural scirrhi ˈsɪrʌɪˈskɪrʌɪ)

Medicine
A carcinoma that is hard to the touch.
Example sentences
  • Amyloid in the stroma of tumors has been described by Askanazy (scirrhus of the breast).

Derivatives

scirrhous

1
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪrəs/ /ˈskɪrəs/
adjective
Example sentences
  • These 4 specimens were extremely fibrotic (eg, scirrhous breast carcinomas), exhibited marked necrosis, or were small lesions that were difficult to scrape.
  • In 1931, they reported the case of a woman who had had radical mastectomy for scirrhous carcinoma of the breast 14 months before her final presentation.

Origin

Late Middle English: modern Latin, from Greek skirros, from skiros 'hard'.

Definition of scirrhus in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources