[ es-kahr, -ker ]

  1. 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

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How to use eschar in a sentence

  • eschar spoke so much against the English and in praise of the French that made him mad, and so he went away.

  • eschar and there took leave of him, he being to go this night to the Downs towards Portugall, and so spent all the morning.

  • eschar to be gone, I sent my letters by a porter to the posthouse in Southwark to be sent by despatch to the Downs.

  • Meanwhile the induration extends, fresh vesicles form and in turn burst, and the eschar increases in size.

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  • It was necessary to wait three or four days before renewing the caustic to deepen the eschar made by the first application.

British Dictionary definitions for eschar


/ (ˈɛskɑː) /

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

Origin of 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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