[ es-kahr, -ker ]
/ ˈɛs kɑr, -kər /

noun Pathology.

a hard crust or scab, as from a burn.

Origin of eschar

1375–1425; late Middle English escare < Late Latin eschara < Greek eschára hearth, brazier, coals and therefore indication of burning; cf. scar1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for eschar


/ (ˈɛskɑː) /


a dry scab or slough, esp one following a burn or cauterization of the skin

Word Origin for eschar

C16: from Late Latin eschara scab, from Greek eskhara hearth, pan of hot coals (which could inflict burns); see scar 1
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Medicine definitions for eschar


[ ĕskär′ ]


A dry scab or slough formed on the skin as a result of a burn or by the action of a corrosive or caustic substance.
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