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écorché

[ ey-kawr-shey ]
/ ˌeɪ kɔrˈʃeɪ /
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noun

an anatomical model of part or all of the human body with the skin removed, to allow study of the underlying musculature.

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Origin of écorché

First recorded in 1855–60; from French: literally, “skinned, flayed,” adjective use of past participle écorché, from the verb écorcher, from Old French escochier “to skin, peel,” from Vulgar Latin excorticāre, equivalent to ex- + cortic- (stem of cortex “bark, rind”) + -āre infinitive suffix
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Example sentences from the Web for écorché

  • I thought that plaster of Paris figure was not the only ecorche in the room.

    The Newcomes|William Makepeace Thackeray

British Dictionary definitions for écorché

écorché
/ (ˌeɪkɔːˈʃeɪ) /

noun

an anatomical figure without the skin, so that the muscular structure is visible

Word Origin for écorché

C19: French, literally: skinned
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