American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A scar left by the formation of new connective tissue over a healing sore or wound.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cicatrice or scar.
- n. In conchology, the impression or mark of the muscular or ligamentous attachment in a bivalve shell; the ciborium.
- n. In entomology, a small, roughened, or depressed space on a surface, resembling a scar.
- n. In botany, the mark of attachment of a seed or leaf.
- n. A scar that remains after the development of new tissue over a recovering wound or sore (also used figuratively).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) The pellicle which forms over a wound or breach of continuity and completes the process of healing in the latter, and which subsequently contracts and becomes white, forming the scar.
- n. a mark left (usually on the skin) by the healing of injured tissue
- Middle English cicatrice, from Latin cicātrīx, cicātrīc-. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In the deeper portions of the tracks the extreme density of the cicatrix is a factor of great prognostic importance, since if it implicates muscles, tendons, vessels, or nerves, impairment of movement, circulatory disturbance, or signs of neuritis or nerve pressure are often witnessed.”
“When the effused lymph is not absorbed it organizes, either forming a sort of internal cicatrix which is harder than the surrounding tissues or increasing the density of the part by augmenting the amount of plastic material within it.”
“Obviously, the weeping wound of Northern Ireland is an unpleasant yet unmistakable cicatrix on the face of Ireland's political culture, part of its "cordite-scented past," as Mr. Foster puts it.”
“The small granulating surface soon healed, and at present a linear cicatrix alone tells of the injury he has sustained, while his thumb has all its movements and his hand a fine grasp.”
“During this time the rag, adhering by means of a crust of inspissated blood collected beneath it, has continued perfectly dry, and it will be left untouched till the usual period for removing the splints in a simple fracture, when we may fairly expect to find a sound cicatrix beneath it.”
“Many tattoo their bodies by inserting some black substance beneath the skin, which leaves an elevated cicatrix about half an inch long: these are made in the form of stars, and other figures of no particular beauty.”
“The man, after waiting a while, will go to the doctor and show a large cicatrix in each eye, the result of an ulcerated cornea.”
“That angered her so she jerked her head at his face, saying, "Where'd you get that, then?" as if the cicatrix that formed a curve on his cheek was his just reward for abandoning his people.”
“She had touched the lumpy cicatrix in disbelief, and then scrabbled back from the trunk in horror.”
“The cicatrix on her head was a monstrous thing, shocking in both color and size.”
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