- 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 cicatrix
Each tribe has its peculiar fashion as to the position and form of the cicatrix.In the Heart of Africa
Samuel White Baker
Cicatrix, the scar left by the fall of a leaf or other organ.The Elements of Botany
Even the cicatrix on his scalp was invisible, for his hair was made to cover it.In the Van; or, The Builders
However, save for a cicatrix to mark the trifling occurrence, he was unharmed.The Crooked Stick
The sound was then removed, and a short bougie inserted, so as to pass beyond the cicatrix.
- 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 cicatrix
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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