[ sik-uh-trahyz ]
/ ˈsɪk əˌtraɪz /

verb (used with object), cic·a·trized, cic·a·triz·ing.

Physiology. to heal by inducing the formation of a cicatrix.

verb (used without object), cic·a·trized, cic·a·triz·ing.

to become healed by the formation of a cicatrix.

Nearby words

  1. cicatricial tissue,
  2. cicatricle,
  3. cicatrix,
  4. cicatrizant,
  5. cicatrization,
  6. cicely,
  7. cicero,
  8. cicerone,
  9. ciceronian,
  10. ciceronianism

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cicatrize



/ (ˈsɪkəˌtraɪz) /


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

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Medicine definitions for cicatrize


[ sĭkə-trīz′ ]


To heal by forming scar tissue.

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