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sclerotic

adjective scle·rot·ic \ sklə-ˈrä-tik \
|Updated on: 12 Jul 2018

Definition of sclerotic

1 a medical : of, relating to, or affected with sclerosis (see sclerosis 1)
  • sclerotic arteries
  • sclerotic bone lesions
b : grown rigid or unresponsive especially with age : unable or reluctant to adapt or compromise
  • a sclerotic system/bureaucracy
  • the country's sclerotic economy
  • The upheaval in Egypt, Libya, Bahrain and elsewhere is driven by popular revulsion with sclerotic, corrupt leadership.
  • —Rachel Bronson
2 anatomy : being or relating to the sclera
  • the sclerotic coat of the eye

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First Known Use of sclerotic

1543

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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sclerotic

noun

Definition of sclerotic

: sclera

Origin and Etymology of sclerotic

Medieval Latin sclerotica, from Greek *sklērōtos, verbal of Greek sklēroun to harden


Medical Dictionary

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sclerotic

adjective scle·rot·ic \ sklə-ˈrät-ik \

medical Definition of sclerotic

1 : being or relating to the sclera
  • the sclerotic layer of the eye
2 : of, relating to, or affected with sclerosis
  • a sclerotic blood vessel

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sclerotic

noun

medical Definition of sclerotic

: sclera

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