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keloid

Pronunciation: ke'loyd

Definition: A nodular, firm, movable, nonencapsulated, often linear mass of hyperplastic scar tissue, tender and frequently painful, consisting of wide irregularly distributed bands of collagen; occurs in the dermis and adjacent subcutaneous tissue, usually after trauma, surgery, a burn, or severe cutaneous disease such as cystic acne, and is more common in blacks.

Synonym(s): cheloid

[G. kele, a tumor (or kelis, a spot), + eidos, appearance]

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