[sik-uh-triks, si-key-triks]

noun, plural cic·a·tri·ces [sik-uh-trahy-seez] /ˌsɪk əˈtraɪ siz/.

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
Related formscic·a·tri·cial [sik-uh-trish-uh l] /ˌsɪk əˈtrɪʃ əl/, adjectiveci·cat·ri·cose [si-ka-tri-kohs, sik-uh-] /sɪˈkæ trɪˌkoʊs, ˈsɪk ə-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cicatrice

Historical Examples of cicatrice

  • He is quite bald, and there is a cicatrice on his left cheek where a Malay cut him.

  • 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.


    Major Gambier-Parry

  • She pulled her dress down and revealed a cicatrice on a shape that would have made a model for a sculptor.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for cicatrice


noun plural 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 Formscicatricial (ˌsɪkəˈtrɪʃəl), adjectivecicatricose (sɪˈkætrɪˌkəʊs, ˈsɪkə-), adjective

Word Origin for cicatrix

C17: from Latin: scar, of obscure origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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

cicatrice in Medicine


[sĭkə-trĭks′, sĭ-kātrĭks]

n. pl. cic•a•tri•ces (sĭk′ə-trīsēz, sĭ-kātrĭ-sēz′)

A scar left by the formation of new connective tissue over a healing sore or wound.
Related formscic′a•tricial (sĭk′ə-trĭshəl) null adj.
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