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To treat a minor laceration, clean the cut and close it.
  a cut — especially of the skin — and often implying that the cut was not clean, but instead left jagged edges
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laceration lacerate lacerated lacerating lacerates
Although typically referring to cut skin, a laceration can reference any kind of cut including figurative use to describe an emotional wound.

Still more rarely, lacerate can be used as an adjective to describe something as having jagged edges — as in "the dandelion’s lacerate leaves".

Standard suffix:  The suffix, "-tion" converts the verb lacerate to a noun.
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  • To treat a minor laceration, clean the cut and close it.
  • If tetanus shots are not up-to-date, it might be wise to get one after any laceration.
  • Her body is tossed like a doll slamming against the door and the dashboard and the steering wheel, lacerating her liver and breaking her arm and thumping her head so hard she loses touch with the sounds of the evening.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • Pounding feet now, echoing on the pavement and the echoes loud because his ear was pressed to the pavement; his cheek felt bruised, lacerated, and he was still facing his mother and she was still dead, of course, her head at that peculiar angle.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese

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  • Some wounded thing, by the evidence a large animal, had thrashed about in the underbrush; the jungle weeds were crushed down and the moss was lacerated; one patch of weeds was stained crimson.
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • I got a laceration above my eye, and she broke her arm.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • The night was cold and the winds were lacerating but Mae didn’t notice.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • IT WAS WELL PAST midnight by the time Kote made it back to Newarre with Chronicler’s limp body slung across his lacerated shoulders.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • The nurse at Jamison puts a bandage over the laceration and asks me to hold an icy compress on my wound, which I do.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • The sharp edges lacerate my ankles.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train

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  • The iron clangs and his hands lacerate and his six-day beard glows white with dust, but Werner can see that Volkheimer makes quick progress: the sliver of light becomes a violet wedge, wider across than two of Werner’s hands.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • This inability to comprehend on any real level of awareness was another reason why she so rarely had spoken to anyone about it, totally aside from the lacerating pain it caused her to dwell on that part of the past.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "The worst laceration was on your upper lip," Armand said.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • Shaped like a long, broken arm, the road contained several houses with lacerated windows and bruised walls.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Suddenly he again felt that he was alive and suffering from a burning, lacerating pain in his head.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He is a desperate slaveholder, who will shock the humanity of his non-slaveholding neighbors with the cries of his lacerated slave.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Peeta being tortured—drowned, burned, lacerated, shocked, maimed, beaten—as the Capitol tries to get information about the rebellion that he doesn’t know.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • And he kept drifting about to find Becky and lacerate her with the performance.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • A big tearing laceration ran from his shoulder down his torso.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • She bolted upright and peered out of the window and saw Johnny Taylor lacerating her Janie with a kiss.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • He said he told her if the laceration wasn’t too deep he would be grateful if she treated it.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • The trek to San Antonio takes seven or eight days, in desert heat of up to 120 degrees, with diamondback rattlers, lacerating cactus needles, water slimy with cattle spit, saucer-sized tarantulas, and wild hogs with tusks.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • The kidnapper undid the bloody wrappings and looked at his lacerated hand.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • She had only a bruise or two about her,—nothing for a tramp,—but the backs of her hands were lacerated, and the question was, Was it with finger-nails?
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • She coils and uncoils the phone cord around her finger as he recounts her mother’s hospital visit, the forehead laceration, the sutures, the precautionary tetanus injection, the aftercare of peroxide, topical antibiotics, dressings.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • If this letter lacerates you, do the same by it.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • My feelings are already lacerated with disappointment at discovering it was my money and not my charming self you wanted.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • My hands are lacerated, I sound like I’m breathing through a gas mask, and I’m looking through a slit formed by the puffed lids of my right eye.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • According to the medical records, the girl-seventeen-had been admitted overnight for observation after a fainting spell, and had a laceration on the scalp.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • There was blood on his face from a scalp laceration that looked minor, but there was also blood running out of one of George’s ears and that probably meant a concussion.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Then, in darting at the monster, knife in hand, he had but given loose to a sudden, passionate, corporal animosity; and when he received the stroke that tore him, he probably but felt the agonizing bodily laceration, but nothing more.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The skin had split open, and from the laceration of the scalp a tiny strand of pink brain material protruded.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • But his threat lacerated my heart.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • I softened considerably what related to the three days of wandering and starvation, because to have told him all would have been to inflict unnecessary pain: the little I did say lacerated his faithful heart deeper than I wished.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • All the way, he overtook dread— fully burned and lacerated people, and in his guilt he turned to right and left as he hurried and said to some of them, ’Excuse me far having no burden like yours.’
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • Four polygonal fragments of two lacerated scarlet betting tickets, numbered 8 87, 88 6.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He had been there at least an hour and a half, lacerated, maltreated, mocked incessantly, and almost stoned.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Being but partly grown his jaws had not yet become large enough nor strong enough to make his throat-attack deadly; but many a young dog went around camp with a lacerated throat in token of White Fang’s intention.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • The shot had frightfully lacerated her throat, leaving two gaping wounds from which, as well as the mouth, the blood was pouring in floods.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Ursula untied his wrists and ankles, lacerated by the pressure of the rope, and left him tied only by the waist.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • The knife swerved as a result, leaving her with a long, jagged laceration twice as deep as the others.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • The emaciated survivors were driven sixty-five miles on foot for three days in lacerating heat to a prison camp: the infamous Bataan Death March.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • He who in his childhood had saved the lives of the earthworms now began to picture the agonies of the rabbit from its lacerated leg.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • She dragged him to an unholy sink, and, soaking a rag in water, began to scrub his lacerated face with it.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • "Why, little miss, you’ve made yourself look very funny," said Uncle Pullet, and perhaps he never in his life made an observation which was felt to be so lacerating.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • His face, and especially his left temple, was misshapen, swollen, and lacerated; his right temple was also scarred, although this was clearly an older wound.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • ’My love,’ said Mr. Micawber, much affected, ’you will forgive, and our old and tried friend Copperfield will, I am sure, forgive, the momentary laceration of a wounded spirit, made sensitive by a recent collision with the Minion of Power — in other words, with a ribald Turncock attached to the water-works — and will pity, not condemn, its excesses.’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • But when his blood no longer flowed, and the gash dried, then rays of pain lacerated Agamemnon.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • ůsee; and as soon as he had it fixed he left him, and the squire appeared well bearded and whole as before, whereat Don Quixote was beyond measure astonished, and begged the curate to teach him that charm when he had an opportunity, as he was persuaded its virtue must extend beyond the sticking on of beards, for it was clear that where the beard had been stripped off the flesh must have remained torn and lacerated, and when it could heal all that it must be good for more than beards.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • The answer was a blank which Rosamond could only fill up with dread, for Will Ladislaw’s lacerating words had made every thought of Dorothea a fresh smart to her.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
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