American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A surgical instrument with several spring-operated lancets, used to scarify the skin.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who scarifies; a scarifier.
- n. An instrument used in scarification. One form combines ten or twelve lancets, which are discharged through apertures in its plane surface by pulling a trigger, so that in passing they make a number of incisions in the part to which the instrument is applied. This instrument is used in wet cupping. See
cupping, n., 1.
- n. surgery An instrument, principally used in cupping, containing several lancets moved simultaneously by a spring, for making slight incisions.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Surg.) An instrument, principally used in cupping, containing several lancets moved simultaneously by a spring, for making slight incisions.
- Compare French scarificateur. (Wiktionary)
“The consequence sometimes is, that the scarificator, which is made and intended to act simultaneously and equally upon both limbs hardly scratches one, while it spends all its force (double force) upon the other.”
“Did you know, Lieutenant, that even into the early 1800s, leeches were often a preferred alternative to the scarificator when performing bloodletting?”
“A few scars on your back would come in so nicely -- we must get a scarificator and provide a few, and you must improvise a story, the old, old story -- horrible to”
“Jorum is always administered with a scarificator; and in receiving it, it is almost impossible for the patient to keep his legs still.”
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