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Cuts and puncture wounds

  • Definition

    A cut, also called a laceration, is a break or opening in the skin. The cut may be deep, smooth, or jagged. It may be near the surface of the skin, or affect deep tissues, such as tendons, muscles, ligaments, nerves, blood vessels, or bone.

    A puncture is a wound made by a pointed object (such as a nail, knife, or sharp tooth).

    Alternative Names

    Wound - cut or puncture; Open wound; Laceration; Puncture wound