-oid, -oidal, -oidism, -odic
(Greek: a suffix; like, resembling, similar to, form)
2. A homogenous acellular material similar to fibrin, found normally in the placenta and formed in connective tissue and in the walls of blood vessels in certain disease conditions.
2. Resembling or forming fibrous tissue; made up of fibers; as, fibroid tumors.
Fibroid, or fibromyoma, is the most common form of tumor of the uterus, and one of the most common tumors of the human body.
It is composed of a mixture of muscular and fibrous tissue. The tumor may be small or as large as a grapefruit.
Fibroids may cause pain and heavy menstrual bleeding and usually occur in women over 30 years of age. In some women, the fibroid may be small enough to be removed surgically but, if it is large, a hysterectomy is often necessary.
Small, symptomless (having no symptoms of illness or disease) fibroids are not considered to be dangerous and usually can be left untreated.