A dry, dark scab or falling away of dead skin, typically caused by a burn, or by the bite of a mite, or as a result of anthrax infection.
- Formation of a local cutaneous papule ensues at the site of inoculation within three to five days after exposure; then, the papule ulcerates to form an eschar or a dark scab over the site.
- The cutaneous form of anthrax presents with a darkened eschar or papule that is not painful, but can be somewhat itchy and is generally striking in appearance.
- Early debridement of burn eschar is beneficial to wound healing.
Late Middle English: from French eschare or late Latin eschara 'scar or scab', from Greek (see also scar).
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