from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The formation of excessive fibrous tissue, as in a reparative or reactive process.

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  • n. The formation of excess fibrous connective tissue in an organ

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, the development in an organ of a substance of fibrous texture.

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  • n. development of excess fibrous connective tissue in an organ


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