laceration (las-er-a´shun)

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]
brain l. gross tearing of neural tissue.
scalp l. a tear of the dermis or underlying tissues and galea aponeurotica of the scalp.
through-and-through laceration 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.
vaginal l. colporrhexis


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