- 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 cic·a·trice [sik-uh-tris] /ˈsɪk ə trɪs/.
Origin of cicatrix
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin: scar
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Examples from the Web for cicatrice
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?
The fire has seared, the cicatrice remains—though to be hidden away, of course.'Murphy'
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
- 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
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
- A scar left by the formation of new connective tissue over a healing sore or wound.
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