An escharotic is a substance (such as acids, alkalis, carbon dioxide, or metallic salts) that causes the tissue to die and fall off.
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
Updated by: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, clinical assistant professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.