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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The 24-year-old was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center with a head laceration. Alice Yin,, "Man hospitalized after hitting head in stadium fight during White Sox vs. Twins game," 29 June 2019 Hall checked into UNC-Hillsborough Hospital on Friday afternoon with a head laceration, the sheriff’s office said in a statement. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, "Home invasion suspect arrested after boy fights him off with machete," 17 June 2019 Covered in bruises and lacerations, Fathers collapsed. Washington Post, "AP Was There: Journalists covering violence beaten, detained," 5 June 2019 Hospital staff noted that Eduardo was severely emaciated and had bruising, lacerations, and ulcers all over his body, according to court records. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "A 12-year-old boy who was starved, chained and kept in a dog collar died. His mother never knew he left the state," 4 June 2019 Guevera was attacked with a machete near a creek in Albemarle County, suffering more than 140 laceration wounds to his head, neck, body and limbs, the paper reported. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "MS-13 member in Virginia pleads guilty to murder for hacking man to death with machete," 27 Aug. 2018 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

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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 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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