Medical Definition of Puncture wound

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Puncture wound: An injury that is caused by a pointed object that pierces or penetrates the skin. Puncture wounds carry a danger of tetanus.

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Reviewed on 12/27/2018

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