scar·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌsker-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce scarification (audio) \

Definition of scarification

1 : the act or process of scarifying
2 : a mark or marks made by scarifying

Examples of scarification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Though there is a lot of consistency in the hosts’ looks, some altered their appearances through costume change or, in Clementine’s (played by Angela Sarafyan) case, through scarification. Erika Stalder,, "The Empowering Reason Dolores Always Looks So Perfect On Westworld," 21 May 2018 The fourth wild card group are the creepy-ass druids led by Veran (Mackenzie Crook, unrecognizable in scarification makeup and filed teeth) that dispense drugs and execution orders for their own purposes. Lincoln Michel, GQ, "Britannia Will Tide You Over Until Game of Thrones Returns," 6 Feb. 2018 Characters like Erik Killmonger are covered in tribal scarification, and there’s an elder adorned with a lip plate as worn by the Mursi people of Ethiopia. Carolyn Hinds, The Root, "Black Panther: An Allegory of the World Wanting Blackness but Not Black People," 2 Feb. 2018 Body modifications’ like tattoos, piercing other than in the ears, and scarification have become a mainstream trend, but adolescents do not always think about the long term ramifications. Jay Greenspan, M.d.,, "Tips for talking to teens about tattoos and piercings," 9 Oct. 2017 Luna Cobra has been performing body modifications such as splitting tongues and scarifications since the mid-1990s. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "Don't tattoo your eyeball. Just don't do it.," 29 Sep. 2017 The report also notes that scarification, the practice of burning or branding words or images into the skin, is not as highly regulated and is banned in some states. Kate Thayer,, "New report cites risks youths face when getting tattoos and piercings," 18 Sep. 2017 On Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued its first-ever clinical guidelines to members on tattooing, piercing and scarification in adolescents and young adults. Melissa Healy,, "Pediatricians may view tattoos, piercings as red flags. They should discuss it instead, report says," 18 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of scarification

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Scarification.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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scar·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌskar-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən, ˌsker- How to pronounce scarification (audio) \

Medical Definition of scarification

1 : the act or process of scarifying vaccination by scarification
2 : a mark or marks made by scarifying

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