Definition of sclerotic in English:



  • 1Medicine
    Of or having sclerosis.

    • ‘The pulmonary tumors displayed a mixture of sclerotic, solid, and papillary patterns.’
    • ‘Histologically, the tumor may display solid, papillary, hemorrhagic, and sclerotic areas.’
    • ‘A striking topographic relationship of focal inflammation and sclerotic atrophy was seen in areas with erosion of the epithelium.’
    • ‘Most cause lytic lesions with the exception of prostate and thyroid cancer, which cause sclerotic lesions.’
    • ‘On plain films, the contralateral pedicle is often sclerotic, and the scoliosis is convex away from the side of the tumor.’
  • 2Becoming rigid and unresponsive; losing the ability to adapt.

    ‘sclerotic management’
    • ‘But it's a riveting tale with important insights into Japan's culture and its sclerotic system.’
    • ‘This, quite apart from political ambitions, will be necessary to prevent the EU's already sclerotic decision-making process simply seizing up.’
    • ‘The fact that the government would welcome such politically tendentious rubbish shows how far the sclerotic gestures of the adversary culture have taken over establishment taste.’
    • ‘And then they in turn became sclerotic, conservative, autocratic, and a drag on their societies, which is what they are now.’
    • ‘It was a symbol that Europe had shed its socialistic, sclerotic traditions, and was now matching the United States and Japan step for step in high tech entrepreneurial achievement.’
    • ‘Americans argue that the combination of high taxes and government spending forces everyone into the sclerotic middle income.’
    • ‘The essential thesis of his book, however, is that the fundamental causes of the defeat were intellectual: France had become an intellectually ossified and sclerotic society.’
    • ‘Reagan became President when America was economically sclerotic.’
    • ‘The War Department in the 1920s was indeed sclerotic, and Mitchell was indeed a visionary.’
    • ‘In less than a decade, it has swept through sclerotic Europe like a capitalist hurricane, leaving a fundamentally altered continent in its wake.’
    • ‘But this confusion simply this reflects the sclerotic nature of the online discussions about copyright.’
    • ‘We turned inward, stopped investing in ourselves, took in unskilled labour and built a system of protection based on rural rents that made us sclerotic.’
    • ‘In contrast to the ossified and sclerotic humanities, for example, business studies now accounts for about a third of university activity and teaches about half the foreign students.’
    • ‘In Michigan, the problem is sclerotic corporate health-care, pension, and wage policies that are hugely expensive.’
    • ‘Harmonisation of taxes, he insisted, would create ‘an economically sclerotic union’.’
    • ‘Financially troubled banks and a sclerotic political system have halted its growth.’
    • ‘Ritual, law, and taboo are nothing but the institutional edifice of sclerotic priests.’
    • ‘Third, with cheap rural labour and using simple methods requiring little capital, it was not difficult to compete with the sclerotic State-owned enterprises.’
    • ‘Whatever the truth, it's an entertaining tale of a handsome young Italian with few prospects, sclerotic parents and ambitions to live in the US.’
    • ‘Compared with the European Union, levels of inequality in the US resemble those of Latin American countries more than so-called sclerotic countries such as France or Germany.’
  • 3Anatomy
    Relating to the sclera.


  • another term for sclera
    • ‘The dorsal and ventral sclerotics are the most strongly ossified.’
    • ‘Most previous authors have referred to these as sclerotics.’