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scar·i·fy

(skar'i-fī), This word has no relation, etymologically or semantically, to scar.
To produce scarification.

scarify

(skăr′ə-fī′)
tr.v. scari·fied, scari·fying, scari·fies
1.
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.
scar′i·fi′er n.

scarify

[sker′əfī]
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.

scar·i·fy

(skahr'i-fī)
To produce scarification by cutting the skin.

scarify,

v to make multiple superficial incisions into the skin.
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Effects of sulphuric acid, mechanical scarification and wet heat treatments on germination of seeds of Parkia biolobosa.
2011) observed the highest percentages of germination in seeds of Sabal palmetto following chemical scarification using sulfuric acid for seeds with an intact tegument and using 500 ppm gibberellic acid for seeds without a tegument.
It was observed that the results of thermal scarification in either cold or hot water did not differ from those of the untreated control, and these treatments resulted in the lowest percentages and speed of germination in comparison with mechanical scarification (tegument removal in the hilum region).
The lowest percentage of dormant seeds was associated with the tegument removal treatment (34%), followed by chemical scarification in sulfuric acid for two (71.
Scarification in hot water for two or four minutes resulted in low germination velocity indices (0.
Dead seeds were observed in all of the treatments, except for the control, and hot water scarification for four minutes resulted in the highest percentage of dead seeds (21.
Results similar to those obtained for germination speed and percentage were found for emergence percentage and speed (IEV), but in lower proportions for all scarification processes.
Rehder], with this treatment producing better results than seed imbibition and chemical scarification for two minutes (LUZ et al.