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lacerated

[las-uh-rey-tid] /ˈlæs əˌreɪ tɪd/
adjective
1.
mangled; jagged; torn.
2.
pained; wounded; tortured:
lacerated sensibilities.
3.
Botany, Zoology. having the edge variously cut as if torn into irregular segments, as a leaf.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; lacerate + -ed2
Related forms
unlacerated, adjective

lacerate

[v. las-uh-reyt; adj. las-uh-reyt, -er-it] /v. ˈlæs əˌreɪt; adj. ˈlæs əˌreɪt, -ər ɪt/
verb (used with object), lacerated, lacerating.
1.
to tear roughly; mangle:
The barbed wire lacerated his hands.
2.
to distress or torture mentally or emotionally; wound deeply; pain greatly:
His bitter criticism lacerated my heart.
adjective
3.
Origin
1535-45; < Latin lacerātus, past participle of lacerāre to tear up (derivative of lacer mangled); see -ate1
Related forms
lacerable, adjective
lacerability
[las-er-uh-bil-i-tee] /ˌlæs ər əˈbɪl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
lacerative
[las-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv] /ˈlæs əˌreɪ tɪv, -ər ə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
self-lacerating, adjective
unlacerating, adjective
Synonyms
1. rend. See maim.
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  • The medical examiner found that she had been beaten so badly her liver was lacerated.
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  • While there, an inmate lacerated his face with a handmade knife.
  • But they rarely seem more than skin deep, however lacerated that skin may be.
  • Her feet were lacerated and bleeding, her face infested with botfly maggots.
British Dictionary definitions for lacerated

lacerate

verb (transitive) (ˈlæsəˌreɪt)
1.
to tear (the flesh, etc) jaggedly
2.
to hurt or harrow (the feelings, etc)
adjective (ˈlæsəˌreɪt; -rɪt)
3.
having edges that are jagged or torn; lacerated: lacerate leaves
Derived Forms
lacerable, adjective
lacerability, noun
laceration, noun
lacerative, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin lacerāre to tear, from lacer mangled
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Word Origin and History for lacerated

lacerate

v.

early 15c., from Latin laceratus, past participle of lacerare "tear to pieces, mangle," figuratively, "to slander, censure, abuse," from lacer "torn, mangled," from PIE root *lek- "to rend, tear" (cf. Greek lakis "tatter, rag," lakizein "to tear to pieces;" Russian lochma "rag, tatter, scrap;" Albanian l'akur "naked"). Related: Lacerated; lacerating.

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lacerated in Medicine

lacerate lac·er·ate (lās'ə-rāt')
v. lac·er·at·ed, lac·er·at·ing, lac·er·ates
To rip, cut, or tear. adj. (-rĭt, -rāt')

  1. Torn; mangled.

  2. Wounded.

lacerated adj.
Cut or wounded in a jagged manner.

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