Definition of epithelialize in US English:



  • with object & no object Cover or become covered with epithelial tissue, e.g. during the healing of a wound.

    • ‘Thereafter, these dressings gradually peel off as skin epithelializes underneath them.’
    • ‘Like hydrogels, hydrocolloids can help a clean wound to granulate or epithelialize and encourage autolytic debridement in wounds with necrotic tissue.’
    • ‘This stent can be easily removed before it is completely epithelialized.’
    • ‘Typically wounds do not epithelialize until the black/yellow slough has come off the surface and healthy granulation tissue is apparent.’
    • ‘Thus, applying topical antibiotics and eliminating the friction of a wet diaper may allow the granulation tissue to epithelialize.’