med. jurisp. A maim, a bruise, or swelling; any
hurt without cutting the skin. When the skin is cut, the injury
is called a wound. (q. v.) Bract. lib. 2, tr. 2, c. 5 and 24.
2. Ictus is often used by medical authors in the sense of
percussus. It is applied to the pulsation of the arteries, to any
external lesion of the body produced by violence also to the
wound inflicted by a scorpion or venomous reptile. Orbis is used
in the sense of circlo, circuit, rotundity. It is applied also to
the eye balls. Oculi dicuntur orbes. Castelli Lexicon Medicum.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition
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