blood·​stain | \ˈbləd-ˌstān \

Definition of bloodstain 

: a discoloration caused by blood

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Laundresses tread clothing in vats of urine, the only thing strong enough to shift bloodstains. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: From Great War to Trojan War," 6 Sep. 2018 During testimony from the trial’s first witness, an expert on bullet trajectories and bloodstains, Judge Van Tine briefly halted the proceedings as LeGrier’s mother, Janet Cooksey, began to sob and was escorted from the courtroom. Dan Hinkel,, "Trial opens in 2015 police shooting in which bat-wielding teen and bystander were killed," 18 June 2018 But eight bloodstains had DNA matching Samantha Williams, Cheryl Williams’ daughter. Krista Torralva,, "Judge accused of bias won't step aside in re-trial of man sentenced to death in 2004 stabbings," 13 Mar. 2018 Using a forensic bloodstain agent, police found traces of blood in six locations, mostly in the basement but also at the top of the stairs leading to the basement, according to the complaint. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee man killed pregnant girlfriend, stuffed her in a suitcase and left body in a storage facility, police say," 17 Apr. 2018 The audience erupts with excitement while workers move quickly to wipe fresh bloodstains off the mat for the next fight. John Mccall,, "Fighting for free: The penniless pursuit of amateur MMA fighters in South Florida," 19 June 2018 Eight years later, he was released on house arrest after a judge found that the blood analyst who had provided essential evidence in the case against Peterson had given misleading and false testimony about the bloodstain evidence. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Here's the Story Behind Netflix's Latest True Crime Docuseries The Staircase," 11 June 2018 Thorman was the bloodstain-pattern analyst who was called to the Bryan home when investigators were still working the scene. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "When Forensic “Science” Is Anything But," 31 May 2018 On the floor was the broken glass which, like bloodstains after a murder had to be removed, before the murderer would be even a little bit safe. the captain did not have to do the removing, there were others better able possibly for such work., "May 1, 1905: Breaking into city hall," 1 May 2018

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1614, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Medical Definition of bloodstain 

: a discoloration caused by blood

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