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scar1

[skahr] /skɑr/
noun
1.
a mark left by a healed wound, sore, or burn.
2.
a lasting aftereffect of trouble, especially a lasting psychological injury resulting from suffering or trauma.
3.
any blemish remaining as a trace of or resulting from injury or use.
4.
Botany. a mark indicating a former point of attachment, as where a leaf has fallen from a stem.
verb (used with object), scarred, scarring.
5.
to mark with a scar.
verb (used without object), scarred, scarring.
6.
to form a scar in healing.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; aphetic variant of eschar
Related forms
scarless, adjective
unscarred, adjective

scar2

[skahr] /skɑr/
noun, British
1.
a precipitous, rocky place; cliff.
2.
a low or submerged rock in the sea.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English skerre < Old Norse sker skerry
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Examples from the web for scars
  • Many shared photos and stories with me, and some showed me their physical scars.
  • No mere albatross, it stigmatizes its owner in ways that usually leave permanent scars.
  • Indeed, all of them showed scars, chiefly from insect wounds.
  • The wound was bandaged and the patient then showed symptoms of the disease before recovering, usually without scars.
  • Of course, real pumpkins with their warts, scars and dimples are unlikely to ever come close to geometrical perfection.
  • Because a few growing seasons will cover the tracks of shallow slides, their telltale scars are harder to spot.
  • And although the economic scars of these crises are deep, the political scars may turn out to be even deeper.
  • Where houses used to stand packed closely together along her street, now empty lots mark the scars of homes lost overnight.
  • The memory of that pain eventually started to fade as their scars, bruises, and bones healed.
  • Lasers can greatly diminish some scars by instantly vaporizing the outer layers of skin.
British Dictionary definitions for scars

scar1

/skɑː/
noun
1.
any mark left on the skin or other tissue following the healing of a wound
2.
a permanent change in a person's character resulting from emotional distress: his wife's death left its scars on him
3.
the mark on a plant indicating the former point of attachment of a part, esp the attachment of a leaf to a stem
4.
a mark of damage; blemish
verb scars, scarring, scarred
5.
to mark or become marked with a scar
6.
(intransitive) to heal leaving a scar
Word Origin
C14: via Late Latin from Greek eskhara scab

scar2

/skɑː/
noun
1.
an irregular enlongated trench-like feature on a land surface that often exposes bedrock
2.
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 scars

scar

n.

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.)).

v.

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

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scars in Medicine

scar (skär)
n.
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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Related Abbreviations for scars

SCAR

Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
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