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[ skleer-uh-ther-uh-pee, skler- ]
/ ˌsklɪər əˈθɛr ə pi, ˌsklɛr- /


Medicine/Medical. a treatment for varicose veins in which blood flow is diverted and the veins collapsed by injection of a hardening solution, also used cosmetically in spider veins to eliminate discoloration.

Nearby words

sclerosing keratitis, sclerosing osteitis, sclerosis, sclerostenosis, sclerostomy, sclerotherapy, sclerotial, sclerotic, sclerotic body, sclerotic dentin, sclerotin

Origin of sclerotherapy

First recorded in 1940–45; sclero- + therapy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for sclerotherapy


[ sklîr′ō-thĕrə-pē ]


Treatment, as for varicose veins, involving the injection of a sclerosing solution into vessels or tissues.
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