- 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.
Origin of scar1
Related Words for scarringmaim, traumatize, mar, disfigure, injure, deface, flaw, blemish, beat, scratch, brand, damage, cut, score, stab, slash, pinch
Examples from the Web for scarring
Contemporary Examples of scarring
A new procedure for hysterectomies, done via robotic arm via a single incision, results in no scarring and little downtime.
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
August 20, 2013
We are rotating troops through three and four tours of duty, scarring their bodies and psyches.Osama bin Laden: Why He Won
May 15, 2011
Patients typically return to work in one or two days with little to no scarring.Surgery Without Scars
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December 3, 2009
Historical Examples of scarring
Scarring his face with a stick of caustic to render himself unrecognizable.The Green Book
Bullets began to cut the leaves and twigs, carrying away the bushes, scarring the trees and now and then taking human life.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
When it misled him, the rasping rock groaned out, scarring the submarine's smooth skin.
Pieces should be placed outside the blocks when scarring of the surface is to be avoided.Woodworking for Beginners
Charles Gardner Wheeler
Along came Napoleon, hacking away the limbs and scarring the gnarled trunk with fire and sword.Blood and Iron
John Hubert Greusel
- 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 distresshis 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
Word Origin for scar
- an irregular enlongated trench-like feature on a land surface that often exposes bedrock
- a similar formation in a river or sea
Word Origin for scar
Word Origin and History for scarring
late 14c., from Old French escare "scab" (Modern French escarre), from Late Latin eschara, from Greek eskhara "scab formed after a burn," literally "hearth, fireplace," of unknown origin. English sense probably influenced by Middle English skar (late 14c.) "crack, cut, incision," from Old Norse skarð, related to score (n.). Figurative sense attested from 1580s.
"bare and broken rocky face of a cliff or mountain," 1670s, earlier "rock, crag" (14c.), perhaps from Old Norse sker "isolated rock or low reef in the sea," from Proto-Germanic *sker- "to cut" (see shear (v.)).
- The fibrous tissue that replaces normal tissue destroyed by injury or disease.
- To mark with a scar or become marked with a scar.
- To form scar.