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scar·i·fy(skar'i-fī), This word has no relation, etymologically or semantically, to scar.
To produce scarification.
tr.v. scari·fied, scari·fying, scari·fies
a. To make shallow cuts in (the skin), as when vaccinating.
b. To create a design on (the skin) by means of shallow cuts that are sometimes rubbed with a colorant or irritant to enhance the resulting scar tissue.
2. To break up the surface of (topsoil or pavement).
3. To distress deeply, as with severe criticism; lacerate.
4. Botany To slit or soften the outer coat of (seeds) in order to speed germination.
scar′i·fi·ca′tion (-fĭ-kā′shən) n.
Etymology: L, scarifare
to make multiple superficial incisions into the skin; to scratch. Vaccination against smallpox is achieved by scarifying the skin under a drop of vaccine. See also scarification.
To produce scarification by cutting the skin.
v to make multiple superficial incisions into the skin.