- 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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* * *des·mo·plas·tic -'plas-tik adj characterized by the formation of fibrous tissue <a \desmoplastic fibroma> <\desmoplastic malignant melanomas>
* * *des·mo·plas·tic (des″mo-plasґtik) [desmo- + -plastic] characterized by or causing desmoplasia.
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