[skleer-uh-tahyzd, skler-]
(especially of the cuticle of an arthropod) hardened by the presence of substances other than chitin, as by scleroproteins, waxes, or calcium salts.
Pathology, sclerosed.

1960–65; sclerot(ic) + -ize + -ed2 Unabridged
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Each plate appeared strongly sclerotized bearing numerous of respiratory units.
Species identification involved measuring and observing the shape of different sclerotized parts of the parasite.
Some of the axial and ray parenchyma cells are sclerotized in nonconducting phloem.
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