scarification


scarification

noun

  1. an act or instance of scarifying.
  2. the result of scarifying; a scratch or scratches.

n.c.1400, “act of covering with scratches or slight cuts,” from Old French scarification (14c.), from Late Latin scarificationem (nominative scarificatio), noun of action from past participle stem of scarificare, from Latin scarifare “scratch open,” from Greek skariphasthai “to scratch an outline, sketch,” from skariphos “pencil, stylus,” from PIE root *skribh- “to cut, separate, sift” (see script (n.)). n.

  1. The act of making shallow cuts in the skin.

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