sclerotic

adjective
scle·rot·ic | \sklə-ˈrä-tik \

Definition of sclerotic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a medical : of, relating to, or affected with sclerosis (see sclerosis sense 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

sclerotic

noun

Definition of sclerotic (Entry 2 of 2)

: sclera

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That opened the way for gradual change in the sclerotic government. Tracy Wilkinson, latimes.com, "A year after Trump reversed Obama's opening to Cuba, the U.S. is sitting out Havana's political revamp," 22 June 2018 For one thing, the very California legislature that people like Draper consider hopelessly sclerotic and interest-group-driven would have to approve it. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Californians to Vote on Initiative to Divide Their State Into 3," 13 June 2018 After all, very few believed that Five Star and the League would or could institute an illiberal democracy in Italy, a country with a notoriously sclerotic institutional setup that would frustrate any effort at concentration of power. Angelos Chryssogelos, Time, "The Populism Debate Ignores the Real Lessons of Italy's Political Crisis," 31 May 2018 The toll would tackle two problems simultaneously, thinning traffic on maddeningly sclerotic streets, and at the same time pumping money into a starved transit system. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "Why You Should Be in Favor of Congestion Pricing in New York," 27 Mar. 2018 Virtually no one feels the urgency or has the clout to reform a sclerotic system. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "How Can It Take 15 Years and $32 Million to Build a Neighborhood Library?," 29 Mar. 2018 Bud Selig’s sclerotic approach to leadership ensured that any problem facing the game would go unresolved for at least a year or two, festering in the process. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: Finding the Yankees' Evil, Evaluating Ohtani's Woeful Spring and Ranking MLB Food Fest's Best Offerings," 25 Mar. 2018 Mohammed is keen to take the next step: attracting American investment, business and expertise in a bid to diversify and modernize a sclerotic economy that historically has relied on oil and foreign guest workers. Alexandra Zavis, latimes.com, "Controversial Saudi prince known as MBS heads to White House and Silicon Valley," 18 Mar. 2018 The federal government seems increasingly unresponsive, sclerotic, and dysfunctional. Fred Bauer, National Review, "Saving Liberty from Liberalism," 17 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of sclerotic

Adjective

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1690, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sclerotic

Noun

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

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sclerotic

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

Medical Definition of sclerotic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

sclerotic

noun

Medical Definition of sclerotic (Entry 2 of 2)

: sclera

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