hesitation wound

One of multiple, usually superficial and parallel incisions that are self-inflicted in places where major vessels are near the skin surface, in an attempted suicide.

hesitation wound

Forensic medicine One of multiple, usually superficial, incisions that are self-inflicted in an attempted suicide
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Five superficial dermal incisions over the left lateral aspect of the neck showed multiple hesitation wounds (Figure 2).
There were six cases of suicide, with hesitation wounds reported in 3 of these (50%).
The coroner's report found that no hesitation wounds were found on Smith, a trait typical of suicide by self inflicted stab wounds.
Steven Insley, public defender, said that she inflicted these "hesitation wounds" on herself before working up the courage to deliver the fatal cut.