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Meaning of SCLEROSIS

Pronunciation:  skli'rowsis

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  any pathological hardening or thickening of tissue

SCLEROSIS is a 9 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: induration
 See Also: ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, arterial sclerosis, arteriolosclerosis, arteriosclerosis, coronary-artery disease, disseminated multiple sclerosis, disseminated sclerosis, hardening of the arteries, induration of the arteries, Lou Gehrig's disease, MS, multiple sclerosis, osteosclerosis, pathology



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Scle*ro"sis\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. (??, fr. sklhro`s
1. (Med.) Induration; hardening; especially, that form of
   induration produced in an organ by increase of its
   interstitial connective tissue.

2. (Bot.) Hardening of the cell wall by lignification.

{Cerebro-spinal sclerosis} (Med.), an affection in which
   patches of hardening, produced by increase of the
   neuroglia and atrophy of the true nerve tissue, are found
   scattered throughout the brain and spinal cord. It is
   associated with complete or partial paralysis, a peculiar
   jerking tremor of the muscles, headache, and vertigo, and
   is usually fatal. Called also {multiple, disseminated, or
   insular, sclerosis}.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Hardening or thickening of an organ or tissue, usually due to abnormal growth of fibrous tissue.