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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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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Declaring an emergency, the flight crew coaxed to plane to an emergency landing at Exmouth, Australia, where 39 people were taken to hospital and 14 were medevaced to Perth with broken bones, lacerations, and spinal injuries. Jeff Wise, Popular Mechanics, "4 Times Before the Boeing 737 Max 8 That Plane Automation Software Went Haywire," 18 Mar. 2019 The 3-day-old girl and 1-month-old girl were stabbed in the stomach and the 20-day-old girl had lacerations on her ear, authorities told FOX 5 NY. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Three babies among wounded in gruesome stabbing spree at unlicensed New York City day care, police say," 21 Sep. 2018 Both employees were taken to the hospital with lacerations to their head. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Man hurls liquor bottles, beats employees during New York City store robberies caught on video," 10 Sep. 2018 Despite the brutal attack leaving the wildlife technician with two skull fractures and multiple lacerations to her head, neck and back, Karnak mustered the strength to walk nearly two miles — bloody and in pain — to her work vehicle to find help. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Woman Mauled By Bear in Montana Walks Miles to Safety With Skull Fracture," 23 May 2018 The company has received 11 consumer complaints of lacerations as a result of this issue. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Why 100K Vitamix Blending Containers Have Been Recalled," 13 Aug. 2018 Paisley Hudson died Saturday from several blunt force injuries and two liver lacerations that caused bleeding in the child’s stomach, FOX59 reported, citing the Madison County coroner. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Indiana mother, boyfriend charged in brutal death of toddler," 3 Aug. 2018 While the officer complained in the report of small lacerations on his face, Griggs said Lucio and Walker had markings on their bodies to prove they were attacked by the officer. Joshua Sharpe, ajc, "T.I. rails against Houston’s restaurant after actresses’ arrests from bathroom," 22 May 2018 The severity of the tears is measured in degrees, ranging from common 1st and 2nd degree (minor cuts or abrasions) to severe 3rd and 4th degree (deep lacerations to muscles and tissue). Frances F. Denny, Harper's BAZAAR, "What People Don’t Tell You About Childbirth: The Realities of Vaginal Tearing," 16 July 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 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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