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[sik-uh-trahyz] /ˈsɪk əˌtraɪz/
verb (used with object), cicatrized, cicatrizing.
Physiology. to heal by inducing the formation of a cicatrix.
verb (used without object), cicatrized, cicatrizing.
to become healed by the formation of a cicatrix.
Also, especially British, cicatrise.
Origin of cicatrize
First recorded in 1350-1400; Middle English word from Medieval Latin word cicātrizāre. See cicatrix, -ize
Related forms
cicatrizant, adjective
cicatrization, noun
cicatrizer, noun Unabridged
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  • Humility is also a healing virtue; it will cicatrize a thousand wounds, which pride would keep for ever open.

    Lectures on Art Washington Allston
  • The wound is beginning to cicatrize, and generates laudable pus.

  • There are certain pains that nothing can alleviate, nor heal, and there are wounds that nothing can cicatrize.

British Dictionary definitions for cicatrize


(of a wound or defect in tissue) to close or be closed by scar formation; heal
Derived Forms
cicatrizant, cicatrisant, adjective
cicatrization, cicatrisation, noun
cicatrizer, cicatriser, noun
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cicatrize in Medicine

cicatrize cic·a·trize (sĭk'ə-trīz')
v. cic·a·trized, cic·a·triz·ing, cic·a·triz·es
To heal by forming scar tissue.

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