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Sclerosis

Definition(s)

A pathological process consisting of hardening or fibrosis of an anatomical structure, often a vessel or a nerve.

Definition from: MeSH via Unified Medical Language SystemThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. at the National Library of Medicine

1: A pathological condition in which a tissue has become hard and which is produced by overgrowth of fibrous tissue and other changes (as in arteriosclerosis) or by increase in interstitial tissue and other changes (as in multiple sclerosis) -- called also hardening. 2: Any of various diseases characterized by sclerosis -- usually used in combination.

Definition from: Merriam-Webster's Medical DictionaryThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. by Merriam-Webster Inc.

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See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: September 15, 2014