scleroderma

noun sclero·der·ma \ ˌskler-ə-ˈdər-mə \

Definition of scleroderma

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

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Origin and Etymology of scleroderma

New Latin


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scleroderma

noun sclero·der·ma \ ˌskler-ə-ˈdər-mə \

medical Definition of scleroderma

plural sclerodermas also sclerodermata play \-mət-ə\
: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 NelsonNatural HistoryJune 2001
  • When physicians suspect scleroderma, they may use several diagnostic tests to distinguish it from other connective tissue disorders.
  • —Peta GillyattHarvard Health LetterMay 1994
called also dermatosclerosis

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