Definition of sclerotization in US English:

sclerotization

(British sclerotisation)

noun

Entomology
  • See sclerotized

    • ‘Extensive sclerotization of either proximal or distal portion by oxidative stress, for example, could undermine load redistribution and determine in part when threads become functionally obsolete and need to be replaced.’
    • ‘Catecholamines are required for proper melanization and sclerotization of the Drosophila cuticle.’
    • ‘Soldiers appear darker than do nonsoldier nymphs, owing to a higher degree of sclerotization, and have larger hind-legs then do nonsoldiers.’
    • ‘They also display a unique phenotype characterized by excessive sclerotization of the anterior-most cuticle.’
    • ‘The unexpected point to emerge from the results is that aerated shaking of threads in seawater leads to a permanent hardening or sclerotization.’

Pronunciation

sclerotization

/ˌskli(ə)rətəˈzāSHən/