adjective Referring to the fuzzy appearance and whitish discolouration of serosal surfaces seen by gross examination, and caused by intra-abdominal inflammation, which has been fancifully likened to cake frosting.
Frosting may correspond to the hoary term hyperplastic hyaline peri-whatever-itis–e.g., peri-splenitis, peri-colitis, peri-hepatitis. It is a nonspecific response of the serosa to chronic inflammation–e.g., that caused by tuberculosis within the abdominal cavity.
Note: Because many classic descriptions of “unique” inflammatory responses preceded the antibiotic era, it seems appropriate to retire en masse terms defining this body of literature.
Reference JAMA 1932; 98:1103-1104