scleroderma

scleroderma

[skleer-uh-dur-muh, skler-]
noun Pathology.
a disease in which connective tissue anywhere in the body becomes hardened and rigid.

Origin:
1865–70; sclero- + -derma

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scleroderma, sclerodermia or scleriasis (ˌsklɪərəʊˈdɜːmə, ˌsklɪərəʊˈdɜːmɪə, sklɪˈraɪəsɪs)
 
n
a chronic progressive disease most common among women, characterized by a local or diffuse thickening and hardening of the skin
 
[C19: from New Latin sclerōdermus, from Greek, from sklēros hard + derma skin]
 
sclerodermia, sclerodermia or scleriasis
 
n
 
[C19: from New Latin sclerōdermus, from Greek, from sklēros hard + derma skin]
 
scleriasis, sclerodermia or scleriasis
 
n
 
[C19: from New Latin sclerōdermus, from Greek, from sklēros hard + derma skin]

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scleroderma
1866, from Mod.L., from Gk. skleros "hard" (see sclerosis) + derma "skin"
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scleroderma scle·ro·der·ma (sklēr'ə-dûr'mə)
n.

  1. A pathological thickening and hardening of the skin caused by swelling and thickening of fibrous tissue. Also called dermatosclerosis.

  2. See progressive systemic sclerosis.


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scleroderma   (sklîr'ə-dûr'mə)  Pronunciation Key 
A connective tissue disease characterized by the deposition of fibrous tissue into the skin and often other organs, causing tissue hardening and thickening.
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