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[sik-uh-triks, si-key-triks] /ˈsɪk ə trɪks, sɪˈkeɪ trɪks/
noun, plural cicatrices
[sik-uh-trahy-seez] /ˌsɪk əˈtraɪ siz/ (Show IPA)
Physiology. new tissue that forms over a wound and later contracts into a scar.
Botany. a scar left by a fallen leaf, seed, etc.
Also, cicatrice
[sik-uh-tris] /ˈsɪk ə trɪs/ (Show IPA)
Origin of cicatrix
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin: scar
Related forms
[sik-uh-trish-uh l] /ˌsɪk əˈtrɪʃ əl/ (Show IPA),
[si-ka-tri-kohs, sik-uh-] /sɪˈkæ trɪˌkoʊs, ˈsɪk ə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for cicatrice
Historical Examples
  • He is quite bald, and there is a cicatrice on his left cheek where a Malay cut him.

    Boy Scouts in the Philippines G. Harvey Ralphson
  • The cicatrice began to make itself very visible in his face, and the debonair manner was fast vanishing.

    Can You Forgive Her?

    Anthony Trollope
  • The fire has seared, the cicatrice remains—though to be hidden away, of course.

    'Murphy' Major Gambier-Parry
  • She pulled her dress down and revealed a cicatrice on a shape that would have made a model for a sculptor.

    Katerfelto G. J. Whyte-Melville
  • It is concealed by the paint, but remove that, and you will find it hath all the form of a cicatrice of a corresponding shape.

    The Wept of Wish-Ton-Wish James Fenimore Cooper
  • She lived to be eighty-five, and to the day of her death caressed the scar—the cicatrice of a love-wound.

  • Fifthly, the growing bark encroached on, and finally obliterated the cicatrice.

    Omphalos Philip Henry Gosse
  • Tremendous long and lean the upper part of him looked, and the cicatrice upon his brow made his ghastliness the more appalling.

  • There was the cicatrice of an old wound on a lower limb, but otherwise there was no spot or blemish upon the body.

  • Each of these matrixes contains a small drop of this prolific liquor of the female, in the part that is called the cicatrice.

    Buffon's Natural History, Volume III (of 10)

    Georges Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon
British Dictionary definitions for cicatrice


noun (pl) cicatrices (ˌsɪkəˈtraɪsiːz)
the tissue that forms in a wound during healing; scar
a scar on a plant indicating the former point of attachment of a part, esp a leaf
Derived Forms
cicatricial (ˌsɪkəˈtrɪʃəl) adjective
cicatricose (sɪˈkætrɪˌkəʊs; ˈsɪkə-) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: scar, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for cicatrice



1640s, from Latin cicatrix (accusative cicatricem ) "a scar," of unknown origin. Earlier in English as cicatrice (mid-15c.). Related: cicatrical.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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cicatrice in Medicine

cicatrix cic·a·trix (sĭk'ə-trĭks', sĭ-kā'trĭks)
n. pl. cic·a·tri·ces (sĭk'ə-trī'sēz, sĭ-kā'trĭ-sēz')
A scar left by the formation of new connective tissue over a healing sore or wound.

cic'a·tri'cial (sĭk'ə-trĭsh'əl) or ci·cat'ri·cose' (sĭ-kāt'rĭ-kōs') adj.
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