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[skar-uh-fi-key-shuh n]
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  1. an act or instance of scarifying.
  2. the result of scarifying; a scratch or scratches.
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Origin of scarification

1350–1400; Middle English scarificacioun < Late Latin scarīficātiōn- (stem of scarīficātiō). See scarify, -ation
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Related Words for scarification

laceration, wound, trim, shave, chip, rip, snip, slit, rent, passage, slot, trench, fissure, section, mark, nick, slash, cleft, gash, prick

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Historical Examples of scarification

  • Scarification, with other crude penances, has now been superseded by benefaction.

    The Devil's Dictionary

    Ambrose Bierce

  • I concluded that the scars were due to the practice of scarification.

    The Manbos of Mindano

    John M. Garvan

  • The faces of both sexes were much disfigured as a result of their religious beliefs, which led to the practice of scarification.

  • He frequently pretends to suck out such an object by the application of the lips alone, without any scarification whatever.

  • Scarification to give vent to pent-up blood or puncture to allow the escape of effused serum will afford prompt relief.

Word Origin and History for scarification


c.1400, "act of covering with scratches or slight cuts," from Old French scarification (14c.), from Late Latin scarificationem (nominative scarificatio), noun of action from past participle stem of scarificare, from Latin scarifare "scratch open," from Greek skariphasthai "to scratch an outline, sketch," from skariphos "pencil, stylus," from PIE root *skribh- "to cut, separate, sift" (see script (n.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

scarification in Medicine


  1. The act of making shallow cuts in the skin.
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