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A pathological thickening and hardening of the skin.
(Pathology) a chronic progressive disease most common among women, characterized by a local or diffuse thickening and hardening of the skin
[C19: from New Latin sclerōdermus, from Greek, from sklēros hard + derma skin]
scle•ro•der•ma(ˌsklɪər əˈdɜr mə, ˌsklɛr-)
a disease in which connective tissued becomes hardened and rigid.
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|Noun||1.||scleroderma - an autoimmune disease that affects the blood vessels and connective tissue; fibrous connective tissue is deposited in the skin|
autoimmune disease, autoimmune disorder - any of a large group of diseases characterized by abnormal functioning of the immune system that causes your immune system to produce antibodies against your own tissues
morphea - localized scleroderma
|2.||Scleroderma - genus of poisonous fungi having hard-skinned fruiting bodies: false truffles|
fungus genus - includes lichen genera
family Sclerodermataceae, Sclerodermataceae - a family of fungi or order Sclerodermatales with a single-layered peridium; includes earthballs
earthball, hard-skinned puffball, puffball, false truffle - any of various fungi of the genus Scleroderma having hard-skinned subterranean fruiting bodies resembling truffles
Scleroderma aurantium, Scleroderma citrinum - an earthball fungus that is a dingy brownish yellow and a dark purplish interior; the peridium is covered with a pattern of small warts
Scleroderma flavidium, star earthball - an earthball with a smooth upper surface that is at first buried in sand; the top of the fruiting body opens up to form segments like the ray of an umbel
n. escleroderma, esclerodermia, induración y casi total atrofia de la epidermis.