Definition of sclerosis in English:


Syllabification: scle·ro·sis
Pronunciation: /skləˈrōsis


  • 1Abnormal hardening of body tissue.
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    • In MS, myelin is lost in multiple areas, leaving scar tissue called sclerosis.
    • The lymph node biopsy showed sclerosis surrounding cellular nodules that contained clusters of large atypical cells admixed with small lymphocytes and numerous eosinophils.
    • It exhibited squamous differentiation, sclerosis, and eosinophilia.
  • 2Excessive resistance to change: the challenge was to avoid institutional sclerosis
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    • In other words, this is a story not about institutional sclerosis, but about the necessarily contingent process of institutional change.


late Middle English (originally denoting a hard external tumor): via medieval Latin from Greek sklērōsis, from sklēroun 'harden'.

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