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[skahr] /skɑr/
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.
verb (used with object), scarred, scarring.
to mark with a scar.
verb (used without object), scarred, scarring.
to form a scar in healing.
Origin of scar1
1350-1400; Middle English; aphetic variant of eschar
Related forms
scarless, adjective
unscarred, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for scarring
  • The government is right to worry about scarring from a long-period of high unemployment.
  • At they get older, this paint is replaced with body scarring and lip plates.
  • Implants can inflame the surrounding tissue, and scarring can disrupt the connection between neurons and electrodes.
  • She eventually went blind after the cells in her eye died and left corneal scarring.
  • Small particles trapped in the lungs attract immune cells, which release enzymes and inflammatory molecules that cause scarring.
  • scarring of nerve ends in severed spinal cords interferes with healing.
  • It could also be used as a coating for bandages to help wounds heal quickly and with less scarring.
  • Not only was it five times faster than hand-sewing, the animals also had less scarring and inflammation up to two years later.
  • It instantly dehydrates and kills bacteria, and about doubles healing speed while suppressing scarring.
  • The researchers have shown that the devices function fine in small animals, with no evidence of scarring or immune response.
British Dictionary definitions for scarring


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
verb scars, scarring, scarred
to mark or become marked with a scar
(intransitive) to heal leaving a scar
Word Origin
C14: via Late Latin from Greek eskhara scab


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
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse sker low reef, skerry
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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.)).


1550s, from scar (n.1). Figurative use from 1590s. Related: Scarred; scarring.

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scarring in Medicine

scar (skär)
The fibrous tissue that replaces normal tissue destroyed by injury or disease. v. scarred, scar·ring, scars

  1. To mark with a scar or become marked with a scar.

  2. To form scar.

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