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 for multiple sclerosis
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sclerosis \Scle*ro"sis\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. (??, fr. sklhro`s
     1. (Med.) Induration; hardening; especially, that form of
        induration produced in an organ by increase of its
        interstitial connective tissue.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Bot.) Hardening of the cell wall by lignification.
        [1913 Webster]
     Cerebro-spinal sclerosis (Med.), an affection in which
        patches of hardening, produced by increase of the
        neuroglia and atrophy of the true nerve tissue, are found
        scattered throughout the brain and spinal cord. It is
        associated with complete or partial paralysis, a peculiar
        jerking tremor of the muscles, headache, and vertigo, and
        is usually fatal. Formerly referred to as multiple
        sclerosis, disseminated sclerosis, or insular
        sclerosis, but now usually called only multiple
        sclerosis, or MS.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  multiple sclerosis
      n 1: a chronic progressive nervous disorder involving loss of
           myelin sheath around certain nerve fibers [syn: multiple
           sclerosis, MS, disseminated sclerosis, disseminated
           multiple sclerosis]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  32 Moby Thesaurus words for "multiple sclerosis":
     MS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, brain disease, cephalalgia,
     cerebral palsy, chorea, emotional disorder, epilepsy,
     falling sickness, glossopharyngeal neuralgia, headache,
     herpes zoster, ischialgia, migraine, nervous disorder, neuralgia,
     neuritis, neuropathy, organic psychosis, palsy, polyneuritis,
     pressure neuropathy, priapism, radiculitis, sciatic neuritis,
     sciatica, shaking palsy, shingles, spastic paralysis, the jerks,
     tic douloureux, toxic psychosis

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