laceration

noun
lac·er·a·tion | \ ˌla-sə-ˈrā-shən \

Definition of laceration 

1 : the act of lacerating

2 : a torn and ragged wound

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Synonyms for laceration

Synonyms

gash, incision, rent, rip, slash, slit, tear

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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.

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Harris, a former special education instructional assistant, suffered a spinal injury, a broken arm and head lacerations that required eight staples. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, "He once defended the poor in court. Now he defends white supremacists.," 2 July 2018 Harris, 20, suffered a spinal injury, a broken arm and head lacerations that required eight staples after the parking garage assault. NBC News, "White man found guilty in Charlottesville beating of black man," 2 May 2018 Harris, a former special education instructional assistant, reportedly suffered a spinal injury, a broken arm and head lacerations that required eight staples after the assault. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "White supremacist found guilty in beating of black man in Charlottesville protest," 2 May 2018 Injuries like burns, contusions, lacerations, and foreign objects in the eye are common. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Fourth of July: Best tips to stay safe when using fireworks," 4 July 2018 Officers say a female had lacerations to the face and was also taken to the hospital. Wbtv, charlotteobserver, "Man, woman injured in uptown Charlotte stabbing," 19 June 2018 Kathleen had deep lacerations on her head that didn’t seem to be caused by stairs. Lincoln Michel, GQ, "The Seminal True Crime Documentary Is Now on Netflix," 16 June 2018 The district attorney's office would argue that Kathleen Peterson's injuries, which included multiple head lacerations, were inconsistent with a fall down the stairs. Bethonie Butler, chicagotribune.com, "Netflix's 'The Staircase': The long, sensational murder trial behind the new series," 11 June 2018 Melissa Lemker suffered a broken arm and severe head laceration, but no concussion. Carol Cormaci, latimes.com, "La Cañada History: Local Camp Fire Girls gather for their 1958 Grand Council Fire in Oak Grove Park," 30 May 2018

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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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laceration

noun

English Language Learners Definition of laceration

: a deep cut or tear of the flesh

: the act of cutting or tearing flesh

laceration

noun
lac·er·a·tion | \ ˌla-sə-ˈrā-shən \

Kids Definition of laceration

: a deep or jagged cut or tear of the flesh

laceration

noun
lac·er·a·tion | \ ˌlas-ə-ˈrā-shən \

Medical Definition of laceration 

1 : the act of lacerating

2 : a torn and ragged wound

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