Definition of sclerotic in English:



  • 1Medicine
    Of or having sclerosis.

    • ‘A striking topographic relationship of focal inflammation and sclerotic atrophy was seen in areas with erosion of the epithelium.’
    • ‘Histologically, the tumor may display solid, papillary, hemorrhagic, and sclerotic areas.’
    • ‘Most cause lytic lesions with the exception of prostate and thyroid cancer, which cause sclerotic lesions.’
    • ‘On plain films, the contralateral pedicle is often sclerotic, and the scoliosis is convex away from the side of the tumor.’
    • ‘The pulmonary tumors displayed a mixture of sclerotic, solid, and papillary patterns.’
  • 2Becoming rigid and unresponsive; losing the ability to adapt.

    ‘sclerotic management’
    • ‘The fact that the government would welcome such politically tendentious rubbish shows how far the sclerotic gestures of the adversary culture have taken over establishment taste.’
    • ‘In contrast to the ossified and sclerotic humanities, for example, business studies now accounts for about a third of university activity and teaches about half the foreign students.’
    • ‘The War Department in the 1920s was indeed sclerotic, and Mitchell was indeed a visionary.’
    • ‘Ritual, law, and taboo are nothing but the institutional edifice of sclerotic priests.’
    • ‘And then they in turn became sclerotic, conservative, autocratic, and a drag on their societies, which is what they are now.’
    • ‘In Michigan, the problem is sclerotic corporate health-care, pension, and wage policies that are hugely expensive.’
    • ‘Compared with the European Union, levels of inequality in the US resemble those of Latin American countries more than so-called sclerotic countries such as France or Germany.’
    • ‘It was a symbol that Europe had shed its socialistic, sclerotic traditions, and was now matching the United States and Japan step for step in high tech entrepreneurial achievement.’
    • ‘In less than a decade, it has swept through sclerotic Europe like a capitalist hurricane, leaving a fundamentally altered continent in its wake.’
    • ‘This, quite apart from political ambitions, will be necessary to prevent the EU's already sclerotic decision-making process simply seizing up.’
    • ‘The essential thesis of his book, however, is that the fundamental causes of the defeat were intellectual: France had become an intellectually ossified and sclerotic society.’
    • ‘Whatever the truth, it's an entertaining tale of a handsome young Italian with few prospects, sclerotic parents and ambitions to live in the US.’
    • ‘But it's a riveting tale with important insights into Japan's culture and its sclerotic system.’
    • ‘Harmonisation of taxes, he insisted, would create ‘an economically sclerotic union’.’
    • ‘But this confusion simply this reflects the sclerotic nature of the online discussions about copyright.’
    • ‘Americans argue that the combination of high taxes and government spending forces everyone into the sclerotic middle income.’
    • ‘Financially troubled banks and a sclerotic political system have halted its growth.’
    • ‘Third, with cheap rural labour and using simple methods requiring little capital, it was not difficult to compete with the sclerotic State-owned enterprises.’
    • ‘We turned inward, stopped investing in ourselves, took in unskilled labour and built a system of protection based on rural rents that made us sclerotic.’
    • ‘Reagan became President when America was economically sclerotic.’
  • 3Anatomy
    Relating to the sclera.


another term for sclera
‘The dorsal and ventral sclerotics are the most strongly ossified.’
another term for sclera
‘Most previous authors have referred to these as sclerotics.’



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