Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, 17th century
The scar of a healed wound.
Examples of Cicatrix in a sentence
"Though the wound in Roger’s leg healed quickly, it left a distinct cicatrix."
"A teenage bicycle accident left me with a cicatrix on my forehead that’s only visible when I’ve got a tan."
The word is drawn directly from the Latin “cicatrix,” meaning “a scar” or “a bruise,” and refers to the scar created by new tissue that the body generates to heal a wound.
Did you Know?
A cicatrix, or scar, has a job in healing. In the early stages of recovering from injury, the body first generates a fresh layer of tissue to protect the wound, before gradually developing a cicatrix that will be strong enough to protect the healing wound from a variety of stimulation, such as pressure, stretching, or scratching. The tissue that develops into a cicatrix is slightly different from healthy skin, in part because it needs to be elastic to be protective. For this reason, a cicatrix is often a different color or texture than the skin around it.