serious bodily injury:
1. Serious physical impairment of the human body; especially, bodily injury that creates a substantial risk of death or that causes serious, permanent disfigurement or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any body part or organ. Model Penal Code § 210.0(3). * Typically, the fact-finder must decide in an given case whether the injury meets this general standard. Generally, an injury meets this standard if it creates a substantial risk of fatal consequences or, when inflicted, constitutes mayhem. — Abbr. SBI. — aka serious bodily harm; grievous bodily harm; great bodily injury. Cf. MAYHEM (1). 
1. An injury which gives rise to apprehension; an injury which is attended with danger. (Webster’s Dictionary.) George v State, 21 Tex App 315, 317.
The word “serious,” when used to define the degree of bodily harm or injury apprehended, requires or implies as hiagh a degree as the word “great,” and the latter word means high in degree, as contradistinguished from trifling. Lawlor v People, 74 Ill 228, 231. 
1. An injury that gives rise to a reasonable fear for the life of the person who has been injured. 
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: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949). Edited by William S. Anderson. © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY. Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931
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