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sclerosisn. [NL., fr. Gr. (, fr. sklhro`s hard.].
  •  Induration; hardening; especially, that form of induration produced in an organ by increase of its interstitial connective tissue.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Hardening of the cell wall by lignification.  [1913 Webster]
Cerebro-spinal sclerosis (Med.), an affection in which patches of hardening, produced by increase of the neuroglia and atrophy of the true nerve tissue, are found scattered throughout the brain and spinal cord. It is associated with complete or partial paralysis, a peculiar jerking tremor of the muscles, headache, and vertigo, and is usually fatal. Formerly referred to as multiple sclerosis, disseminated sclerosis, or insular sclerosis, but now usually called only multiple sclerosis, or MS.


sclerosis, n.
1 an abnormal hardening of body tissue (see also ARTERIOSCLEROSIS, ATHEROSCLEROSIS).
2 (in full multiple or disseminated sclerosis) a chronic and progressive disease of the nervous system resulting in symptoms including paralysis and speech defects.
3 Bot. the hardening of a cell-wall with lignified matter.

ME f. med.L f. Gk sklerosis f. skleroo harden



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