lac·​er·​a·​tion | \ ˌla-sə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce laceration (audio) \

Definition of laceration

1 : the act of lacerating
2 : a torn and ragged wound

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Examples of laceration in a Sentence

She suffered lacerations on her legs. The broken glass caused severe laceration of his feet.
Recent Examples on the Web An attorney representing Tipping’s mother has publicly highlighted a laceration to Tipping’s head as evidence supporting their claim. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2022 An arriving officer talked to the victim, who sustained a four-inch laceration on his left breast. John Benson, cleveland, 20 July 2022 The surfer was bit on his right foot, and sustained an approximate 4-inch laceration, police said. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, 20 July 2022 The attacks began just after 11 a.m. Sunday when a man sustained a laceration to the hand. Fox News, 15 Feb. 2022 The man, who sustained a leg laceration, was taken to NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital. Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2022 The man was lying on the bed and reportedly had bruising and swelling to his face and a laceration to his right ear. Arkansas Online, 22 July 2022 One of the men involved ended up hospitalized with a facial laceration with others suffering smaller bruises, the Daily Mail reported. Ronn Blitzer, Fox News, 21 July 2022 The teenager was able to walk out of the water after being bitten about 60 feet offshore at Kismet Beach on Fire Island, authorities said, with a four-inch laceration on his foot. Allison Elyse Gualtieri, CBS News, 21 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of laceration

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of laceration was in 1598

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9 Aug 2022

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“Laceration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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lac·​er·​a·​tion | \ ˌla-sə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce laceration (audio) \

Kids Definition of laceration

: a deep or jagged cut or tear of the flesh


lac·​er·​a·​tion | \ ˌlas-ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce laceration (audio) \

Medical Definition of laceration

1 : the act of lacerating
2 : a torn and ragged wound

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