plural -s
: the oozing of blood from a corpse after incision or according to superstitious belief in the presence of the murderer

Word History


Late Latin cruentation-, cruentatio staining with blood, from Latin cruentatus (past participle of cruentare to make bloody, from cruentus bloody) + -ion-, -io -ion; akin to Latin cruor blood

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“Cruentation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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