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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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.