a disease in which connective tissue anywhere in the body becomes hardened and rigid.
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sclerodermia (ˌsklɪərəʊˈdɜːmɪə) or scleriasis (sklɪˈraɪəsɪs)
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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Word Origin and History for scleroderma
1866, from Modern Latin, from Greek skleros "hard" (see sclerosis) + derma "skin" (see derma). Related: Sclerodermatous; sclerodermatic.
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Related formsscle′ro•der′ma•tous (-mə-təs) adj.
A collagen disease characterized by the deposition of fibrous tissue into the skin and often other organs, causing tissue hardening and thickening.dermatosclerosis
progressive systemic sclerosis
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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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