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noun, Pathology.
a disease in which connective tissue anywhere in the body becomes hardened and rigid.
a chronic progressive disease most common among women, characterized by a local or diffuse thickening and hardening of the skin

scleroderma scle·ro·der·ma (sklēr’ə-dûr’mə)

A pathological thickening and hardening of the skin caused by swelling and thickening of fibrous tissue. Also called dermatosclerosis.

See progressive systemic sclerosis.

scle’ro·der’ma·tous (-mə-təs)
A connective tissue disease characterized by the deposition of fibrous tissue into the skin and often other organs, causing tissue hardening and thickening.


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