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

  • transitive & intransitive verb To heal or become healed by the formation of scar tissue.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To induce the formation of a cicatrice on; heal up (a wound).
  • To form a cicatrice in healing; skin over: as, the wound cicatrized.
  • Also spelled cicatrise.

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

  • transitive verb (Med.) To heal or induce the formation of a cicatrix in, as in wounded or ulcerated flesh.
  • intransitive verb (Med.) To heal; to have a new skin.

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

  • verb intransitive To form a scar.
  • verb transitive To treat or heal a wound by causing a scar or cicatrix to form.

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

  • verb form a scar, after an injury


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

[Middle English cicatrizen, from Old French cicatriser, from Medieval Latin cicātrizāre, alteration of Late Latin cicātrīcārī, to scar over, from Latin cicātrīx, cicātrīc-, cicatrix.]


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