a mark left by a healed wound, sore, or burn.
a lasting aftereffect of trouble, especially a lasting psychological injury resulting from suffering or trauma.
any blemish remaining as a trace of or resulting from injury or use.
Botany. a mark indicating a former point of attachment, as where a leaf has fallen from a stem.
to mark with a scar.
to form a scar in healing.
- scar·less, adjective
Other definitions for scar (2 of 2)
a precipitous, rocky place; cliff.
a low or submerged rock in the sea.
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How to use scar in a sentence
I still sport a scar from a Swiss Army knife saw across my left thumb—but I haven’t injured myself with any saw since.
Although the CRISPR tool is immensely versatile, it lacks precision, and the DNA surgery created something akin to genetic scars in the twins born from the experiment.Gene editing has made pigs immune to a deadly epidemic | Katie McLean | December 11, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Nevertheless, if such an impact did happen, it surely carved a fresh scar, which a spacecraft might pick up.December’s stunning Geminid meteor shower is born from a humble asteroid | Ken Croswell | December 2, 2020 | Science News
In her small town and the school where she has worked for 17 years, most people know what happened to her, she said, adding that she will show the scars on her belly if asked.More burn injuries are occurring in kitchens during pandemic. Thanksgiving may see a rise in these accidents. | Katherine Ellison | November 22, 2020 | Washington Post
Besides leaving scars, third-degree burns can cause nerve damage and decreased sensation, Palmieri said.More burn injuries are occurring in kitchens during pandemic. Thanksgiving may see a rise in these accidents. | Katherine Ellison | November 22, 2020 | Washington Post
A new procedure for hysterectomies, done via robotic arm via a single incision, results in no scarring and little downtime.A New Hysterectomy Procedure Eliminates Massive Scarring and Long Recovery Time. So Why Aren’t More Doctors On Board? | Heather Wilson | March 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I also now face the rest of my life with the permanent scarring that will be left on my face as a result of this attack.American Student Slashed In London, Police Eye “Muslims Patrols” | Nico Hines | October 24, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Patients in need of therapeutic dilatation of this sort often need a redo every year or two as scarring reaccumulates.Sounding Takes Off, but Injuries (Fork in the Penis!) Are Inevitable | Kent Sepkowitz | August 20, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
They are suffering from what economists call "unemployment scarring": their time out of work has made them less employable.
More than 100 nations have banned such bombs, which can cause permanent scarring and disfigurement.
Along came Napoleon, hacking away the limbs and scarring the gnarled trunk with fire and sword.Blood and Iron | John Hubert Greusel
In some cases destruction of the follicles ensues and slight scarring and permanent hair loss result.
More or less pigmentation, and sometimes superficial scarring, may remain to mark the site of the lesions.
In order that the chances of marked inflammatory action and scarring (always possibilities) may be reduced to a minimum.
As a rule not, in order to avoid the possibility of too much destructive action, and consequent scarring.
British Dictionary definitions for scar (1 of 2)
any mark left on the skin or other tissue following the healing of a wound
a permanent change in a person's character resulting from emotional distress: his wife's death left its scars on him
the mark on a plant indicating the former point of attachment of a part, esp the attachment of a leaf to a stem
a mark of damage; blemish
to mark or become marked with a scar
(intr) to heal leaving a scar
British Dictionary definitions for scar (2 of 2)
an irregular enlongated trench-like feature on a land surface that often exposes bedrock
a similar formation in a river or sea
- Also called (Scot): scaur
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