One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Abnormal hardening of body tissue.
- ‘A close-up reveals the alternating areas of sclerosis and retained hepatic parenchyma in this nutmeg liver.’
- ‘In MS, myelin is lost in multiple areas, leaving scar tissue called sclerosis.’
- ‘It exhibited squamous differentiation, sclerosis, and eosinophilia.’
- ‘A doctor may suspect aortic valve sclerosis on hearing a heart murmur with a stethoscope.’
- ‘The lymph node biopsy showed sclerosis surrounding cellular nodules that contained clusters of large atypical cells admixed with small lymphocytes and numerous eosinophils.’
2Excessive resistance to change.‘the challenge was to avoid institutional sclerosis’
- ‘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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