scar tissue

Pronunciation: (skar TIH-shoo)

Fibrous tissue that forms when normal tissue is destroyed by disease, injury, or surgery. For example, scar tissue forms when a wound heals after a cut, sore, burn, or other skin condition, or when an incision (cut) is made into the skin during surgery. It may also form inside the body when certain conditions, such as cirrhosis, cause normal tissue to become fibrous tissue.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2009-07-02 Date last modified: 2013-09-17