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sclerosis

scle·ro·sis

sclerosis

pronunciation:
skl ro sihs
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part of speech: noun
inflections: scleroses
definition: a diseased condition marked by a hardening or thickening of soft tissue, as of the walls of an artery.
derivation: sclerosal (adj.)
Word Parts
The word sclerosis contains the following parts:
scler, sclero Greek root that means hard
-osis Greek noun-forming suffix that means condition (usually medical)
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The suffix -osis attaches to Greek roots. Many nouns ending in "-osis " have a corresponding adjective form ending in -otic (neurosis : neurotic).