cic·​a·​tri·​cial ˌsi-kə-ˈtri-shəl How to pronounce cicatricial (audio)
: of or relating to a cicatrix

Example Sentences

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Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cicatricial was in 1881

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Cite this Entry

“Cicatricial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2023.

Medical Definition


cic·​a·​tri·​cial ˌsik-ə-ˈtrish-əl How to pronounce cicatricial (audio)
: relating to or having the character of a cicatrix
excision of a cicatricial lesion

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