a combining form meaning “hard,” used with this meaning, and as a combining form of sclera, in the formation of compound words: sclerometer.
Also especially before a vowel, scler-.
Origin of sclero-
combining form of Greek sklērós hard
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before a vowel scler-
of or relating to the sclerasclerotomy
Word Origin for sclero-
from Greek sklēros hard
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before vowels scler-, word-forming element meaning "hard," from Latinized form of Greek sklero-, comb. form of skleros "hard," related to skellein "to dry up, parch," from PIE *skle-ro-, from root *skele- "to parch, wither."
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