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[las-uh-rey-shuh n] /ˌlæs əˈreɪ ʃən/
the result of lacerating; a rough, jagged tear.
the act of lacerating.
1590-1600; < Latin lacerātiōn- (stem of lacerātiō). See lacerate, -ion
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self-laceration, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lacerations
  • X-rays of the mummy reveal no broken bones, and a visual inspection found no lethal lacerations.
  • She had lacerations-almost to the bone-on her legs and her body.
  • His body bore the stigmata of a free and fair election: deep lacerations on his back and legs.
  • True, without the face mask, you might see more broken noses and face lacerations.
  • Ultimately, he had to be brought to a hospital for treatment of lacerations to his face.
  • Doctors made foot-long lacerations on his legs and one arm to relieve pressure and prevent swelling.
  • State athletic commissions generally prohibit a fighter from competing for several weeks after concussions or serious lacerations.
  • Facial lacerations are a commonly encountered problem in the emergency department.
Word Origin and History for lacerations



1590s, from Middle French lacération, from Latin lacerationem (nominative laceratio), noun of action from past participle stem of lacerare (see lacerate).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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lacerations in Medicine

laceration lac·er·a·tion (lās'ə-rā'shən)

  1. A jagged wound or cut.

  2. The process or act of tearing tissue.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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