Definition of scarify
1 : to make scratches or small cuts in (something, such as the skin) scarify an area for vaccination
2 : to lacerate the feelings of
3 : to break up, loosen, or roughen the surface of (something, such as a field or road)
4 : to cut or soften the wall of (a hard seed) to hasten germination
scarifierplay \-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun
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Medical Definition of scarify
: to make scratches or small cuts in (as the skin) scarify an area for vaccination
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