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


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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Vaginal tears, or perineal lacerations, are a common result of vaginal deliveries. Frances F. Denny, Harper's BAZAAR, "What People Don’t Tell You About Childbirth: The Realities of Vaginal Tearing," 16 July 2018 For instance, veterinary staff often suffer injuries such as lacerations and bites from agitated animals. Nathaniel Morris,, "Does your pooch really need Prozac?," 1 May 2018 On scene, troopers found a 30-year-old woman suffering from significant injuries and facial lacerations. Travis Andersen,, "Man arrested in Methuen road rage incident; woman ‘covered in mud’ with face lacerations," 13 Mar. 2018 There have been reports of blue flywheels manufactured before 2008 shattering and inflicting lacerations and bruises to riders and bystanders. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Recall Alert: RacerMate CompuTrainer Indoor Bike Flywheels," 21 Mar. 2016 Daniels was given sutures for a laceration to his right eyebrow. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Officer punched in face, another injured in struggle with Sacramento State Prison inmate," 14 June 2018 The victim was thankfully helped back on to the platform by his friend and another person and was treated at an area hospital for a laceration to his head, suffered during his fall to the tracks. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Man Wearing ‘Make America Great Again’ Hat and Shirt Wanted for Attacking Hispanic Man in New York City Subway Station: Report," 24 Apr. 2018 Altland had a gash on his head and lacerations on his hands and suffered a concussion. Mike Argento, USA TODAY, "As York firefighters injured in fatal collapse recover, one asks: 'Why them, not me?'," 1 Apr. 2018 An autopsy found the boy suffered from skull fractures and brain injuries, liver lacerations and nerve damage in both eyes. Washington Post, "Suspect in baby’s death was in counseling," 21 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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English Language Learners Definition of laceration

: a deep cut or tear of the flesh

: the act of cutting or tearing flesh


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

Kids Definition of laceration

: a deep or jagged cut or tear of the flesh


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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