[las-uh-rey-shuh n]


the result of lacerating; a rough, jagged tear.
the act of lacerating.

Origin of laceration

First recorded in 1590–1600, laceration is from the Latin word lacerātiōn- (stem of lacerātiō). See lacerate, -ion
Related formsself-lac·er·a·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for laceration

lesion, gash, pierce, slice, tear, rip, slit, stab, slash, injury

Examples from the Web for laceration

Contemporary Examples of laceration

Historical Examples of laceration

  • His brain was numbed and he was blinded by the blood from the laceration over his eyes.

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    James H. Richardson

  • Now that he knows it, the knowledge afflicts him, to the laceration of his heart.

  • Ah, dear, dear, we shall have laceration unless we reduce this before we move you.

  • If they will part it must be with bitterness and laceration.

  • Oh, you all, by the tears that drop from your eyes, by the laceration of your bodies—you will be avenged!

Word Origin and History for laceration

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

laceration in Medicine




A jagged wound or cut.
The process or act of tearing tissue.
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