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scar·i·fy(skar'i-fī), This word has no relation, etymologically or semantically, to scar.
To produce scarification.
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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.
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To produce scarification by cutting the skin.
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