One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Abnormal hardening of body tissue.
- ‘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.’
- ‘A close-up reveals the alternating areas of sclerosis and retained hepatic parenchyma in this nutmeg liver.’
- ‘A doctor may suspect aortic valve sclerosis on hearing a heart murmur with a stethoscope.’
- ‘In MS, myelin is lost in multiple areas, leaving scar tissue called sclerosis.’
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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