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What are the five types of wounds?

The five types of wounds are abrasion, avulsion, incision, laceration, and puncture. An abrasion is a wound caused by friction when a body scrapes across a rough surface. An avulsion is characterized by a flap. An incision is a cut with clean edges. A laceration is a cut with jagged edges. A puncture is a wound where something passes through or becomes impaled in the skin. (This answer provided for NATA by the Weber State University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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