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Oct 16, 2013
This week's theme
Words from diseases

This week's words
measly
anemic
sclerotic
cancerous
pestilent

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sclerotic

PRONUNCIATION:
(skluh-ROT-ik)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Hard, rigid, slow to adapt or respond.
2. Relating to or affected with sclerosis, an abnormal hardening of a tissue or part.
3. Of or relating to the sclera, the white fibrous outer layer of the eyeball.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek skleros (hard). Earliest documented use: 1543.

USAGE:
"It was getting to be late in the afternoon, and the traffic was crabby and sclerotic."
Miss Wyoming; Douglas Coupland; Random House; 2000.

"This group decided that if the government bureaucracy had grown so sclerotic, it was time for a small, professional group of private citizens to give attention to delicate problems of the world."
Gene Coyle; Diamonds and Deceit; AuthorHouse; 2011.

See more usage examples of sclerotic in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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