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[es-kahr, -ker] /ˈɛs kɑr, -kər/
noun, Pathology
a hard crust or scab, as from a burn.
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English escare < Late Latin eschara < Greek eschára hearth, brazier, coals and therefore indication of burning; cf. scar1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for eschar
  • Disinfect the area of the eschar and clean disinfectant with sterile gauze soaked in sterile saline.
  • There may be moderate to severe edema with the eschar.
  • If it is in the eschar stage, use sterile swab to collect lesion material under eschar.
British Dictionary definitions for eschar


a dry scab or slough, esp one following a burn or cauterization of the skin
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin eschara scab, from Greek eskhara hearth, pan of hot coals (which could inflict burns); see scar1
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eschar in Medicine

eschar es·char (ěs'kär')
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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