- cirrhosis [sə rō′sis]n.pl. cirrhoses [sə rō′sēz΄] [ModL < Gr kirrhos, tawny + -OSIS: so named by R. T. H. Laënnec (1781-1826), Fr physician, because of the orange-yellow appearance of the diseased liver]a degenerative disease in an organ of the body, esp. the liver, marked by excess formation of connective tissue and, usually, subsequent painful swellingcirrhotic [sərät′ik]adj.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.