Word of The Day for Sunday, December 19, 2010


cic•a•trize (SIK-uh-trahyz)  v
also cicatrise (British)

to heal or become healed by the formation of scar tissue

cicatrized past participle; cicatrized past tense; cicatrizing present participle; cicatrizes 3rd person singular present; cicatrization, cicatrizer noun; cicatrizant adjective; cicatrizingly adverb

1350–1400; from Middle English cicatrizen, from Old French cicatriser , from Medieval Latin cictrizre, alteration of Late Latin cictrcr, "to scar over", from Latin cictrx, cictrc-, cicatrix

Related Words: cicatrice or cicatrix: a scar left by the formation of new connective tissue over a healing sore or wound

Sentence Examples:
• Whoever should once make my soul lose her footing, would never set her upright again: she retastes and researches herself too profoundly, and too much to the quick, and therefore would never let the wound she had received heal and cicatrise. -The Essays of Montaigne, Michel de Montaigne

• The wailful cries of “La Ilah illa Allah!” reached to the Caliph, who was eager to cicatrise himself and attend the ceremonial; nor could he have been dissuaded, had not his excessive weakness disabled him from walking; at the few first steps he fell on the ground, and his people were obliged to lay him on a bed, where he remained many days in such a state of insensibility, as excited compassion in the Emir himself.  -The History of the Caliph Vathek, William Beckford

• There he found the identical seal with which he had had the encounter in the morning, suffering most grievously from a tremendous cut in its hind-quarter.  The seal-killer was then desired, with his hand, to cicatrise the wound, upon doing which it immediately healed, and the seal arose from its bed in perfect health.  -Folk-Lore and Legends, Anonymous

The Storyline
But Anna's attention was pulled away from Jack's soliloquy by the wound on his had that had begun to cicatrize, that he refused to cover.

Sources: Free Dictionary

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