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 Some seeds, like magnolias have a hard outer shell and need scarification and stratification. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, "From one, come many," 18 Oct. 2020 These would be combined with 3D printed skin and stem cells to produce a quick-healing bandage with less of a possibility of scarification in the wound area. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "3D Printed Body Parts Could One Day Help Wounded Soldiers," 20 Feb. 2020 Days later, Grimes shared another artistic shot on Instagram of herself cradling her baby bump, which is covered in scarification. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Elon Musk's musician girlfriend Grimes opens up about her struggles with pregnancy," 4 Feb. 2020 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

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First Known Use of scarification

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Scarification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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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