sclerosis

play
noun scle·ro·sis \ sklə-ˈrō-səs \

Definition of sclerosis

1 :pathological hardening of tissue especially from overgrowth of fibrous tissue or increase in interstitial tissue; also :a disease characterized by sclerosis
2 :an inability or reluctance to adapt or compromise
  • political sclerosis

Recent Examples of sclerosis from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sclerosis.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of sclerosis

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


SCLEROSIS Defined for English Language Learners

sclerosis

play
noun

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

play
noun scle·ro·sis \ sklə-ˈrō-səs \

medical Definition of sclerosis

plural scleroses play \-ˌsēz\
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 :any of various diseases characterized by sclerosis usually used in combination — see arteriosclerosis, multiple sclerosis, myelosclerosis


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up sclerosis? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

smooth or hairless

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized-drawing-of-woman-pole-vaulting-across-gap-to-get-trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!