Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A scar left by the formation of new connective tissue over a healing sore or wound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A scar that remains after the development of new tissue over a recovering wound or sore (also used figuratively).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a mark left (usually on the skin) by the healing of injured tissue

Etymologies

Middle English cicatrice, from Latin cicātrīx, cicātrīc-.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • "This is your first impression as you travel (naturally by the objectionable conveyance) from Ryde to Ventnor; and the fact that the train rumbles along very smoothly and stops at half a dozen little stations, where the groups on the platform enable you to perceive that the population consists almost exclusively of gentlemen in costumes suggestive of unlimited leisure for attention to cravats and trousers (an immensely large class in England), of old ladies of the species denominated in France rentières, of young ladies of the highly educated and sketching variety, this circumstance fails to reconcile you to the chartered cicatrix which forms your course."
    "English Vignettes" in English Hours by Henry James, pp 142-143 of the Oxford paperback edition

    September 28, 2010

  • A puckered scar

    June 17, 2008