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scarification

[skar-uh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌskær ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
an act or instance of scarifying.
2.
the result of scarifying; a scratch or scratches.
Origin of scarification
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English scarificacioun < Late Latin scarīficātiōn- (stem of scarīficātiō). See scarify, -ation
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n.

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)
n.
The act of making shallow cuts in the skin.

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