Desmoplasia

This term refers to the growth of fibrous or connective tissue. Some tumors elicit a desmoplastic reaction, the pervasive growth of dense fibrous tissue around the tumor. Scar tissue (adhesion) within the abdomen after abdominal surgery is another type of desmoplastic reaction. "Desmo-" comes from the Greek "desmos" meaning "a fetter or band" and "-plastic" is also borrowed from the Greek, from "plassein" meaning "to form" = to form a band or fetter.
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Hyperplasia of fibroblasts and disproportionate formation of fibrous connective tissue, especially in the stroma of a carcinoma. [desmo- + G. plasis, a molding]

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des·mo·pla·sia .dez-mə-'plā-zh(ē-)ə, .des-, -mō- n formation of fibrous connective tissue by proliferation of fibroblasts

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des·mo·pla·sia (des″mo-plaґzhə) the formation and development of fibrous tissue.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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