Also scleral. Anatomy. of or relating to the sclera.
Pathology, Botany. pertaining to or affected with sclerosis.

Origin of sclerotic

1535–45; < New Latin sclērōticus of hardening, equivalent to Greek sklērṓt(ēs) hardness (derivative of sklērós hard; see sclero-) + New Latin -icus -ic
Related formssub·scle·rot·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sclerotic



of or relating to the sclera
of, relating to, or having sclerosis
botany characterized by the hardening and strengthening of cell walls


another name for sclera

Word Origin for sclerotic

C16: from Medieval Latin sclērōticus, from Greek; see scleroma
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Word Origin and History for sclerotic

early 15c., "pertaining to sclerosis," from medical Latin scleroticus, from Greek skleroun (see sclerosis). Figurative meaning "unchanging, rigid" is from 1961.

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Medicine definitions for sclerotic




Affected or marked by sclerosis.
Of or relating to the sclera of the eye.


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