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[sik-uh-triks, si-key-triks]
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noun, plural cic·a·tri·ces [sik-uh-trahy-seez] /ˌsɪk əˈtraɪ siz/.
  1. Physiology. new tissue that forms over a wound and later contracts into a scar.
  2. Botany. a scar left by a fallen leaf, seed, etc.
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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
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • Even the cicatrix on his scalp was invisible, for his hair was made to cover it.

  • However, save for a cicatrix to mark the trifling occurrence, he was unharmed.

    The Crooked Stick

    Rolf Boldrewood

  • The sound was then removed, and a short bougie inserted, so as to pass beyond the cicatrix.

British Dictionary definitions for cicatrix


noun plural cicatrices (ˌsɪkəˈtraɪsiːz)
  1. the tissue that forms in a wound during healing; scar
  2. a scar on a plant indicating the former point of attachment of a part, esp a leaf
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Derived Formscicatricial (ˌsɪkəˈtrɪʃəl), adjectivecicatricose (sɪˈkætrɪˌkəʊs, ˈsɪkə-), adjective

Word Origin

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cicatrix in Medicine


(sĭkə-trĭks′, sĭ-kātrĭks)
n. pl. cic•a•tri•ces (sĭk′ə-trīsēz, sĭ-kātrĭ-sēz′)
  1. A scar left by the formation of new connective tissue over a healing sore or wound.
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Related formscic′a•tricial (sĭk′ə-trĭshəl) null adj.
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