[las-uh-rey-shuh n]

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. 2018

Examples from the Web for self-laceration

Historical Examples of self-laceration

  • 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



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

self-laceration in Medicine


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