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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The father had a small laceration that was treated by emergency medical workers at the scene, according to the Marshfield Police Department. Katie Camero,, "Exploding firework injures father, son on Marshfield beach," 5 July 2018 Police say Tiffany's body had a laceration to her neck and stab wounds in her abdomen and chest. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Cops: Woman accused of murdering wife called it a "mistake"," 6 Apr. 2018 The resident was taken to a hospital on Aug. 25, 2017, after being found on a dining room floor next to a wheelchair and bleeding from a forehead laceration., "State Fines Nursing Homes Following Injuries To Residents," 18 June 2018 Dircks had lost consciousness after being hit and had cuts and lacerations throughout his body, the plea deal states. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Ex-Lake County Ind. cop pleads guilty but mentally ill in 2016 hit-and-run," 14 May 2018 In one attack, a woman was stabbed and a juvenile had lacerations after an incident that happened at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 700 block of 24th Street NE near Benning Road, police said. Washington Post, "4 hurt in stabbings in Northeast D.C.," 26 Apr. 2018 Of the six reports Topson Downs received about the metal pieces falling off, five said the defect led to lacerations. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Target's Cat & Jack star studded skinny jeans have been recalled," 8 Mar. 2018 In January, an 8-year-old Oregon boy fell while riding his bike, his handle bars causing a laceration. Lindsay Kimble,, "Summer Has Arrived — Here's How to Avoid Flesh-Eating Bacteria & More Warm Weather Health Hazards," 5 June 2018 Gerow suffered several lacerations and swelling in his head. Ruth Bruno,, "One Person In Critical Condition After Enfield Collision," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of laceration

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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