from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A cicatrice or scar.
  • noun In conchology, the impression or mark of the muscular or ligamentous attachment in a bivalve shell; the ciborium.
  • noun In entomology, a small, roughened, or depressed space on a surface, resembling a scar.
  • noun In botany, the mark of attachment of a seed or leaf.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

[Middle English cicatrice, from Latin cicātrīx, cicātrīc-.]



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  • A puckered scar

    June 17, 2008

  • "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

  • See keloid scar. Can be hereditary. "The main problem is that cutting a keloid out often leads to an even bigger one forming later in the same place."

    May 18, 2016

  • cicatriz is the word for scar in Spanish, so it must come from Latin. I learned it in a vocab unit on how to describe people's faces. It seemed impractical at the time but it stuck with me.

    May 19, 2016