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[skar-uh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌskær ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
an act or instance of scarifying.
the result of scarifying; a scratch or scratches.
Origin of scarification
1350-1400; Middle English scarificacioun < Late Latin scarīficātiōn- (stem of scarīficātiō). See scarify, -ation Unabridged
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Examples from the web for scarification
  • Some roads or road segments may require scarification in conjunction with blading in order to cut out washboards and chuck holes.
  • The scarification and seeding treatment was not effective in reducing sediment yields.
  • Seed coats respond well to mechanical or chemical scarification which facilitates air and water imbibition and allows germination.
  • The stands are being harvested in the fall to promote ground scarification.
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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scarification in Medicine

scarification scar·i·fi·ca·tion (skār'ə-fĭ-kā'shən)
The act of making shallow cuts in the skin.

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