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verb (used with object), cic·a·trized, cic·a·triz·ing.
  1. Physiology. to heal by inducing the formation of a cicatrix.
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verb (used without object), cic·a·trized, cic·a·triz·ing.
  1. to become healed by the formation of a cicatrix.
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Also especially British, cic·a·trise.

Origin of cicatrize

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Medieval Latin word cicātrizāre. See cicatrix, -ize
Related formscic·a·tri·zant, adjectivecic·a·tri·za·tion, nouncic·a·triz·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for cicatrize

Historical Examples

  • 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



  1. (of a wound or defect in tissue) to close or be closed by scar formation; heal
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Derived Formscicatrizant or cicatrisant, adjectivecicatrization or cicatrisation, nouncicatrizer or cicatriser, noun
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cicatrize in Medicine


  1. To heal by forming scar tissue.
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