An escharotic is a substance (such as acids, alkalies, carbon dioxide, or metallic salts) that causes the tissue to die and fall off.
Update Date 5/10/2013
Updated by: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.