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WOUND, med. jur. This term, in legal medicine, comprehends all lesions of the body, and in this it differs from the meaning of the word when used in surgery. The latter only refers to a solution of continuity, while the former comprises not only these, but also every other kind of accident, such as bruises, contusions, fractures, dislocations, and the like. Cooper's Surgical Dict. h.t.; Dunglison's Med. Dict. h.t.; vide Dictionnaire des Sciences Medicales, mot Blessures 3 Fodere, Med. Leg. Sec. 687-811.
     2. Under the statute 9 Geo. IV. c. 21, sect. 12, it has been held in England, that to make a wound, in criminal cases, there must be "an injury to the person by which the skin is broken." 6 C. & P. 684; S. C. 19 Eng. C. L. Rep. 526. Vide Beck's Med. Jur. c. 15; Ryan's Med. Jur. Index, h.t.; Roscoe's Cr. Ev. 652; 19 Eng. Com. L. Rep. 425, 430, 526, 529; Dane's Ab. Index, h.t.; 1 Moody's Cr. Cas. 278; 4 C. & P. 381; S. C. 19 E. C. L. R. 430; 4 C. & P. 446; S. C. 19 E. C. L. R. 466; 1 Moody's Cr. C. 318; 4 C. & P. 558; S. C. 19 E. C. L. R. 526; Carr. Cr. L. 239; Guy, Med. Jur. ch. 9, p. 446; Merl. Repert. mot Blessure.
     3. When a person is found dead from wounds, it is proper to inquire whether they are the result of suicide, accident, or homicide. In making the examination, the greatest attention should be bestowed on all the circumstances. On this subject some general directions have been given under the article Death. The reader is referred to 2 Beck's Med. Jur. 68 to 93. As to, wounds on the living body, see Id. 188.

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In two animals, it occurred as a result of a penetrating wound and in the other four it was due to an incised wound injuring the teat cistern.
Another was a C shaped superficial incised wound to the right cheek and there were others to the back, defence type injuries to the arms, rib fractures and a displaced skull fracture.
Coroner Nicholas Gardiner said: "Provisional cause of death was due to an incised wound on the left wrist.
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The leopard was rescued by the Khunia Range, Wildlife-II Division after tranquilization and surgical management was undertaken of the deep incised wounds prior to its release into the wild.
He added: "The wounds are described as incised wounds to the neck for Clara Patterson, and to the neck and chest for Ray Patterson.
He's no more than 3-4 months old; it looks frightened, there are incised wounds on its body, and the paws are injured.
A post-mortem established that the cause of death was from multiple incised wounds," London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement, adding that Rigby had been hit by a car before being attacked by the two men.