A cut. All that is required to care for most cuts is to wash them with soap and water and keep them clean and dry. Putting alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and iodine onto cuts can delay healing and should be avoided. Seek medical care early if you think that the cut may need stitches. Any delay can increase the rate of wound infection.
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1. A torn or jagged wound, or an accidental cut wound. 2. The process or act of tearing the tissues. [L. lacero, pp. -atus, to tear to pieces]
- scalp l. a tear of the dermis or underlying tissues and galea aponeurotica of the scalp.
- through-and-through l. a l. that penetrates two surfaces of a structure, generally restricted to skin or mucosal surfaces, such as the cheek, lip, ala nasi, pinna, etc.

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lac·er·a·tion .las-ə-'rā-shən n
1) the act of lacerating
2) a torn and ragged wound

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a tear in the flesh producing a wound with irregular edges.

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lac·er·a·tion (las″ər-aґshən) [L. laceratio] 1. the act of tearing. 2. a torn, ragged, mangled wound.

Medical dictionary. 2011.


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  • laceration — 1590s, from M.Fr. lacération, from L. lacerationem (nom. laceratio), noun of action from pp. stem of lacerare (see LACERATE (Cf. lacerate)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • laceration — Laceration. subst. f. v. Deschirure d un écrit, d un livre. Ce libelle estoit injurieux, le Juge en a ordonné la laceration …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Laceration — Lac er*a tion, n. [L. laceratio: cf. F. lac[ e]ration.] 1. The act of lacerating. [1913 Webster] 2. A breach or wound made by lacerating. Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • laceration — et deschirement, Laceratio …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • laceration — [las΄ər ā′shən] n. [L laceratio] 1. the act of lacerating 2. the result of lacerating; jagged tear or wound …   English World dictionary

  • LACÉRATION — n. f. T. d’ancienne Jurisprudence Action de lacérer un écrit, un livre. Le jugement ordonna la lacération de cet écrit, comme d’un libelle injurieux. Il se dit aussi dans un sens plus général. Lacération d’un manuscrit …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • lacération — (la sé ra sion ; en vers, de cinq syllabes) s. f. Terme de jurisprudence. Action de lacérer un écrit, un livre. Le jugement ordonne la lacération de cet écrit, condamné comme libelle injurieux. HISTORIQUE    XVIe s. •   Laceration, OUDIN Dict..… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • laceration — n. a deep; minor, superficial; severe laceration * * * [ˌlæsə reɪʃ(ə)n] minor severe laceration superficial superficial a deep …   Combinatory dictionary

  • laceration — UK [ˌlæsəˈreɪʃ(ə)n] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms laceration : singular laceration plural lacerations a deep cut in someone s flesh She had lacerations to her head and back …   English dictionary

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