scarify


1scar·i·fy

transitive verb \ˈsker-ə-ˌfī\
scar·i·fiedscar·i·fy·ing

Definition of SCARIFY

1
:  to make scratches or small cuts in (as the skin) <scarify an area for vaccination>
2
:  to lacerate the feelings of
3
:  to break up, loosen, or roughen the surface of (as a field or road)
4
:  to cut or soften the wall of (a hard seed) to hasten germination
scar·i·fi·er \-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

Origin of SCARIFY

Middle English scarifien, from Middle French scarefier, from Late Latin scarificare, alteration of Latin scarifare, from Greek skariphasthai to scratch an outline, sketch — more at scribe
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with SCARIFY

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2scarify

transitive verb
scarifiedscarify·ing

Definition of SCARIFY

scar·i·fy·ing·ly \-ˌfī-iŋ-lē\ adverb

First Known Use of SCARIFY

1785

scar·i·fy

transitive verb \ˈskar-ə-ˌfī, ˈsker-\   (Medical Dictionary)
scar·i·fiedscar·i·fy·ing

Medical Definition of SCARIFY

: to make scratches or small cuts in (as the skin) <scarify an area for vaccination>

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