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Eschar is dead tissue that falls off (sheds) from healthy skin. It is caused by a burn or cauterization (destroying tissue with heat or cold, or another method).

An escharotic is a substance (such as acids, alkalis, carbon dioxide, or metallic salts) that causes the tissue to die and fall off.

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Dorland's Online Medical Dictionary. Available at: www.dorlands.com/def.jsp?id=100036901. Accessed May 15, 2015.

Stedman's Online Medical Dictionary. Available at: www.stedmansonline.com/content.aspx?id=mlrE1900000183&termtype=t. Accessed May 15, 2015.

Update Date 4/21/2015