The act or result of making scratches or superficial incisions in the skin to produce an immune response or administer certain injections: Scarification is a common method of sensitizing the skin for contact with an allergen.
an act or instance of scratching, cutting, or burning a design or image into the skin, in order to create permanent decorative or symbolic scars; scarifying:Because it’s riskier than tattooing and piercing, not all body mod shops offer scarification.
a design or image made by scars as the result of scratching, cutting, or burning it into the skin: A king was required to have the traditional facial scarification particular to his clan.
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How to use scarification in a sentence
He frequently pretends to suck out such an object by the application of the lips alone, without any scarification whatever.The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees | James Mooney
scarification is quite common, and is used for a singular purpose.
Operative—scarification, either punctate or linear, and erosion with the curette.Essentials of Diseases of the Skin | Henry Weightman Stelwagon
Figure 20 represents scarification as a form of grief-expression for the dead.
The dancers then performed for their benefit, making a great deal of fun both of the children and of the scarification ceremony.Ceremonies of the Pomo Indians | Samuel Alfred Barrett