[ skar-uh-fi-key-shuh n ]
/ ˌskær ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən /


an act or instance of scarifying.
the result of scarifying; a scratch or scratches.

Nearby words

  1. scarf joint,
  2. scarfe,
  3. scarfpin,
  4. scarfskin,
  5. scargill,
  6. scarificator,
  7. scarify,
  8. scarily,
  9. scarious,
  10. scarlatina

Origin of scarification

1350–1400; Middle English scarificacioun < Late Latin scarīficātiōn- (stem of scarīficātiō). See scarify, -ation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for scarification


[ skăr′ə-fĭ-kāshən ]


The act of making shallow cuts in the skin.

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