scleroderma

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noun sclero·der·ma \ˌskler-ə-ˈdər-mə\

Definition of scleroderma

  1. :  a usually slowly progressive disease marked by the deposition of fibrous connective tissue in the skin and often in internal organs and structures

Origin and Etymology of scleroderma

New Latin


First Known Use: circa 1860


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scleroderma

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noun sclero·der·ma \ˌskler-ə-ˈdər-mə\

Medical Definition of scleroderma

plural

sclerodermas

also

sclerodermata

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  1. :  a usually slowly progressive disease marked by the deposition of fibrous connective tissue in the skin and often in internal organs and structures, by hand and foot pain upon exposure to cold, and by tightening and thickening of the skin No treatment exists to reverse scleroderma, and when it moves to the digestive system, kidneys, heart, and lungs, it is often fatal.—J. Lee Nelson, Natural History, June 2001 When physicians suspect scleroderma, they may use several diagnostic tests to distinguish it from other connective tissue disorders.—Peta Gillyatt, Harvard Health Letter, May 1994—called also dermatosclerosis


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