Definition of eschar in English:

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eschar

Pronunciation: /ˈɛskɑː/

noun

Medicine
A dry, dark scab or falling away of dead skin, typically caused by a burn, an insect bite, or infection with anthrax.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Late Middle English: from French eschare or late Latin eschara 'scar or scab', from Greek (see also scar).

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