sclerosis

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noun scle·ro·sis \sklə-ˈrō-səs\

Definition of sclerosis

  1. 1 :  pathological hardening of tissue especially from overgrowth of fibrous tissue or increase in interstitial tissue; also :  a disease characterized by sclerosis

  2. 2 :  an inability or reluctance to adapt or compromise <political sclerosis>

Origin and Etymology of sclerosis

Middle English sclirosis tumor, from Medieval Latin, from Greek sklērōsis hardening, from sklēroun to harden, from sklēros


First Known Use: 1846


SCLEROSIS Defined for English Language Learners

sclerosis

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noun scle·ro·sis \sklə-ˈrō-səs\

Definition of sclerosis for English Language Learners

  • medical : a disease in which soft parts inside the body (such as arteries or muscles) become hard


Medical Dictionary

sclerosis

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noun scle·ro·sis \sklə-ˈrō-səs\

Medical Definition of sclerosis

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scleroses

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  1. 1:  a pathological condition in which a tissue has become hard and which is produced by overgrowth of fibrous tissue and other changes (as in arteriosclerosis) or by increase in interstitial tissue and other changes (as in multiple sclerosis)—called also hardening

  2. 2:  any of various diseases characterized by sclerosis—usually used in combination; see arteriosclerosis, multiple sclerosis, myelosclerosis



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