- 1. Trauma to any of the tissues of the body, especially that caused by physical means and with interruption of continuity. 2. A surgical incision. [O.E. wund]- abraded w. SYN: abrasion (1).- avulsed w. a w. caused by or resulting from avulsion.- glancing w. SYN: gutter w..- gunshot w. a w. made with a bullet or other missile projected by a firearm.- gutter w. a tangential w. that makes a furrow without perforating the skin. SYN: crease w., glancing w..- incised w. a clean cut, as by a sharp instrument.- nonpenetrating w. injury, especially within the thorax or abdomen, produced without disruption of the surface of the body.- open w. a w. in which the tissues are exposed to the air.- penetrating w. a w. with disruption of the body surface that extends into underlying tissue or into a body cavity.- perforating w. a w. with an entrance and exit opening.- puncture w. a w. in which the opening is relatively small as compared to the depth, as produced by a narrow pointed object.- septic w. a w. that has become infected.- seton w. a tangential perforating w., the entrance and exit openings being on the same side of the body, head, or limb involved.- subcutaneous w. an injury or w. extending below the skin into the subcutaneous tissue, but not affecting underlying bones or organs.
* * *wound 'wünd n1 a) a physical injury to the body consisting of a laceration or breaking of the skin or mucous membrane <has a deep festering knife \wound across the palm> <a gunshot \wound>b) an opening made in the skin or a membrane of the body incidental to a surgical operation or procedure2) a mental or emotional hurt or blowwound vt to cause a wound to or in
* * *n.a break in the structure of an organ or tissue caused by an external agent. Bruises, grazes, tears, cuts, punctures, and burns are all examples of wounds.
* * *(wnd) [L. vulnus] an injury or damage, usually restricted to those caused by physical means with disruption of normal continuity of structures. Called also injury and trauma.
Medical dictionary. 2011.