flesh wound



a wound that does not penetrate beyond the flesh; a slight or superficial wound.

Origin of flesh wound

First recorded in 1665–75
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Examples from the Web for flesh wound

Historical Examples of flesh wound

  • Stanton was dead, and James was bleeding badly from the flesh-wound in his leg.

    L. P. M.

    J. Stewart Barney

  • You saw what you did with two cartridges—got in one flesh-wound.

    The Voice of the Pack

    Edison Marshall

  • He said it was only a flesh-wound, and remained with his command until night.

  • From its feeling my arm seemed to be shot off, but it was only a flesh-wound.

  • Notwithstanding, we hoped it might be only a flesh-wound, and not to speed him in his sins.'

British Dictionary definitions for flesh wound

flesh wound


a wound affecting superficial tissues
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flesh wound in Medicine

flesh wound


A wound that penetrates the flesh but does not damage underlying bones or vital organs.
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