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a hardened patch or induration of skin or mucous membrane.
respiratory scleroma rhinoscleroma.
A chronic granulomatous process involving the nose, upper lip, mouth, and upper air passages; starts usually as a growth of hard smooth nodules in the anterior nares that spreads backward into the pharynx, larynx, trachea, and even bronchi; it may involve the external auditory meatus and is caused by a specific bacterium, Klebsiella rhinoscleromatis.
[rhino- + G. sklērōma, an induration]
n. pl. sclero·mas or sclero·mata (-mə-tə)
An abnormally hard patch of body tissue especially in the upper respiratory tract.
scleroma(1) A nonspecific term for an indurated circumscribed subcutaneous or submucosal mass, in particular granulation tissue.
(2) Rhinoscleroma, see there.
scleromaInduration, see there.
A circumscribed indurated focus of granulation tissue in the skin or mucous membrane.
[G. sklērōma, an induration]