- able or tending to penetrate; piercing; sharp: a penetrating shriek; a penetrating glance.
- acute; discerning: a penetrating observation.
- Surgery. noting a wound that pierces the skin, especially a deep wound entering an organ or body cavity.
Origin of penetrating
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Examples from the Web for non-penetrating
Gunshot wounds of the chest may conveniently be divided for study into two classes, viz., non-penetrating and penetrating.
Non-penetrating wounds require but few remarks in this place.
- tending to or able to penetratea penetrating mind; a penetrating voice
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Word Origin and History for non-penetrating
"touching the feelings intensely," 1630s, figurative present participle adjective from penetrate (v.).
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