blood·​stain | \ ˈbləd-ˌstān How to pronounce bloodstain (audio) \

Definition of bloodstain

: a discoloration caused by blood

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Recent Examples on the Web Image Federal prosecutors said that Mr. Rathbun’s DNA matched bloodstains that were found on the handle of the canister and on a partly charred Christian religious pamphlet that had been stuffed in the nozzle as a fuse. Michael Levenson, New York Times, "Man Charged With Trying to Blow Up Jewish Assisted-Living Home," 16 Apr. 2020 There was the urban carp mission that put us in a Phoenix motel with bloodstains on the carpet. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, "Is This Lake the Best New Bass Fishing Spot in Mexico?," 18 Mar. 2020 Detective Scott Eelman, working alongside Dr. Ross, raised the question about the bloodstains being inconsistent with the position in which she was found. Michael Roppolo, CBS News, "Authorities say the cause of a Philadelphia teacher's death was suicide, but her parents say it was murder," 11 Mar. 2020 And it's found in and around bloodstains on her left shoe. Lauren Effron, ABC News, "How a man convicted of his high school girlfriend’s killing was freed by decades-old DNA evidence," 27 Feb. 2020 Decades of technological advancements ultimately allowed experts to construct a partial male DNA profile from a blood scraping on the gear shift of the Martinko family car and a bloodstain on the back of Martinko’s dress. Anna Spoerre, USA TODAY, "DNA on a straw helps jury convict man of murder in 1979 slaying of Iowa teen," 25 Feb. 2020 The investigation into the bloodstain pattern on the cloth was reported Tuesday in the Journal of Forensic Sciences and is apparently the first such analysis of the controversial shroud. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Bloodstains on Shroud of Turin are probably fake, experts say," 16 July 2018 Another camera showed the pickup parked 100 feet away from where Jennifer Dulos' 2017 Chevrolet was found later that day, abandoned and with apparent bloodstains. NBC News, "Fotis Dulos, charged in murder of missing wife Jennifer Dulos, attempted suicide, lawyer says," 28 Jan. 2020 In a return visit later in the day, she was struck by the smell of bleach, used to clean up bloodstains., "Dayton mayor reflects on turbulent year of shooting, tornadoes," 27 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of bloodstain

1614, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bloodstain was in 1614

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2 May 2020

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“Bloodstain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bloodstain

: a spot of blood on something (such as a piece of clothing)


blood·​stain | \ -ˌstān How to pronounce bloodstain (audio) \

Medical Definition of bloodstain

: a discoloration caused by blood

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