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desmoid

Pronunciation: dez'moyd

Definition:

  1. Fibrous or ligamentous.
  2. A nodule or relatively large mass of unusually firm scarlike connective tissue resulting from active proliferation of fibroblasts, occurring most frequently in the abdominal muscles of women who have borne children; the fibroblasts infiltrate surrounding muscle and fascia.

Synonym(s): abdominal fibromatosis, desmoid tumor

[desmo- + G. eidos, appearance, form]

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