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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. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for sclerotic


  1. of or relating to the sclera
  2. of, relating to, or having sclerosis
  3. botany characterized by the hardening and strengthening of cell walls
  1. 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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sclerotic in Medicine


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