What's it mean to have cirrhosis of the liver?

Scarring of the live. Cirrhosis of the liver refers to scarring and distortion of the architecture of the liver cells. Cirrhosis is the end result of an insult to the liver by infections like viruses, or substance like toxins, chemicals, medicines, or in some cases the result of heredity or autoimmunity. Patients with cirrhosis may develop liver failure.
Below. Cirrhosis simply means scarring of the liver and it is the result of several different disease processes. The significance of the cirrhosis has more to do with control of the underlying disease + whether there is sufficient liver function to do basic jobs like making clotting factors. There may be problems with increased pressure in various veins and lymph systems causing bleeding and swelling.