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laceration

[las-uh-rey-shuh n] /ˌlæs əˈreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the result of lacerating; a rough, jagged tear.
2.
the act of lacerating.
Origin of laceration
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600, laceration is from the Latin word lacerātiōn- (stem of lacerātiō). See lacerate, -ion
Related forms
self-laceration, noun
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  • There are the terrible ones who carry about in themselves the beast of prey, and have no choice except lusts or self-laceration.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche
Word Origin and History for self-laceration

laceration

n.

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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self-laceration in Medicine

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

  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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