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scleroderma

[ skleer-uh-dur-muh, skler- ]
/ ˌsklɪər əˈdɜr mə, ˌsklɛr- /
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noun Pathology.
a disease in which connective tissue anywhere in the body becomes hardened and rigid.
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Origin of scleroderma

First recorded in 1865–70; sclero- + -derma
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British Dictionary definitions for scleroderma

scleroderma

sclerodermia (ˌsklɪərəʊˈdɜːmɪə) or scleriasis (sklɪˈraɪəsɪs)

/ (ˌsklɪərəʊˈdɜːmə) /

noun
a chronic progressive disease most common among women, characterized by a local or diffuse thickening and hardening of the skin

Word Origin for scleroderma

C19: from New Latin sclerōdermus, from Greek, from sklēros hard + derma skin
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Scientific definitions for scleroderma

scleroderma
[ sklîr′ə-dûrmə ]

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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