from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Affected or marked by sclerosis.
  • adjective Anatomy Of or relating to the sclera.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to or of the nature of sclerosis.
  • Related to or derived from ergot. Also sclerotinic.
  • noun Same as sclerotica.
  • noun A medicine which hardens and consolidates the parts to which it is applied.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Anat.) The sclerotic coat of the eye. See Illust. of eye (d).
  • adjective Hard; firm; indurated; -- applied especially in anatomy to the firm outer coat of the eyeball, which is often cartilaginous and sometimes bony.
  • adjective (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the sclerotic coat of the eye; sclerotical.
  • adjective (Med.) Affected with sclerosis; sclerosed.
  • adjective (Bot.) sclerenchyma. By some writers a distinction is made, sclerotic parenchyma being applied to tissue composed of cells with the walls hardened but not thickened, and sclerenchyma to tissue composed of cells with the walls both hardened and thickened.
  • adjective (Chem.) Pertaining to, or designating, an acid obtained from ergot or the sclerotium of a fungus growing on rye.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to the sclera
  • adjective Having sclerosis
  • adjective Hard and insular, often in sclerotic bureaucracy

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of or relating to the sclera of the eyeball
  • adjective relating to or having sclerosis; hardened


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  • I have noticed a sudden upsurge in the use of 'sclerotic' to describe Sydney's traffic problems. Probably an apt metaphor, but it is starting to grate.

    December 5, 2007

  • Sclerosis, as in a hardening of the arterial roads? My, what journalism we endure. I remember a Sydney performance poet called Cringeworthy who used to take this kind of stuff and turn it into bizarre, funny, chaotic soundscapes.

    December 5, 2007

  • Citation (as noun) on nictitate.

    June 30, 2008