Blood Splatter vs. Blood Spatter


Perhaps, my favorite subject in all of Forensic Science. It’s about analyzing the trajectory, size, and pattern of blood, but what is it called? Everyone who has studied the topic knows there is a debate on whether it is called Blood Splatter Analysis or Blood Spatter Analysis. Both words make sense in general. So let’s see what exactly the two mean.

First, we have the word Blood. Well… I don’t think there is any argument there. Blood is blood and it’s decently important in describing what we are analyzing. So, let’s move on.

These two words are the key; Splatter and Spatter. According to, Splatter means to splash and scatter upon impact”. Sounds pretty accurate, right? Well let’s take a look at Spatter. Again, thanks to the wonderful people at, Spatter means “to scatter or dash in small particles or drops”. Spatter seems to have a more precise definition that pertains to what we are looking for. 

So, which one is right? I would have to say that Blood Spatter is the more accurate and widely accepted. So you’d be safer referring to it as Spatter. Trust me, you don’t want to be around someone who studies forensic science and say Blood Splatter, just don’t, please. I’m looking at you Film and TV Industry. 

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