scar

A scar is a place where a wound healed but is still visible, or if you're little, it's a mark where a boo-boo was.

Scar is from the Greek word eskhara, a "scab formed after a burn." It's all that and more. Scar can be a noun or a verb — you can have a scar on your knee after your skateboarding incident, and a bad round of chicken pox can scar you. Something scary can scar, you, too, like a horror movie or catching your parents in the act. Scars can be emotional. Take one letter off scare and you're left with a scar.

Definitions of scar
  1. noun
    a mark left (usually on the skin) by the healing of injured tissue
    synonyms: cicatrice, cicatrix
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    callus
    bony tissue formed during the healing of a fractured bone
    cheloid, keloid
    raised pinkish scar tissue at the site of an injury; results from excessive tissue repair
    pockmark
    a scar or pit on the skin that is left by a pustule of smallpox or acne or other eruptive disease
    sword-cut
    a scar from a cut made by a sword
    vaccination
    the scar left following inoculation with a vaccine
    chestnut
    a small horny callus on the inner surface of a horse's leg
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    symptom
    (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
  2. noun
    an indication of damage
    synonyms: mark, scrape, scratch
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    blemish, defect, mar
    a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)
  3. verb
    mark with a scar
    “The skin disease scarred his face permanently”
    synonyms: mark, pit, pock
    mark, nock, score
    make small marks into the surface of
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    pockmark
    mark with or as if with pockmarks
    cicatrise, cicatrize
    form a scar, after an injury
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    blemish, deface, disfigure
    mar or spoil the appearance of
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