con·​tu·​sion | \ kən-ˈtü-zhən How to pronounce contusion (audio) , -ˈtyü- \

Definition of contusion

: injury to tissue usually without laceration : bruise sense 1a

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Other Words from contusion

contuse \ kən-​ˈtüz How to pronounce contuse (audio) , -​ˈtyüz \ transitive verb

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Examples of contusion in a Sentence

He suffered multiple contusions of the leg. suffered multiple contusions as a result of a car accident
Recent Examples on the Web Domantas Sabonis suffered a left calf contusion in the fourth quarter of Friday's win over the Cavs, making him a game-time decision for Sunday against the Bulls. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Jeremy Lamb checks out from top to bottom in Indiana Pacers' roster makeover," 5 Nov. 2019 Box was diagnosed with a concussion and suffered neck and back injuries following the confrontation with Lewis, and Scherman suffered contusions to his neck and face, Prater said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oklahoma prosecutors clears officers in death of naked teen," 23 Sep. 2019 When Villanueva visited Reinosa at the hospital, the deputy had what appeared to be a contusion on his shoulder that was red and covered with a bandage. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, "D.A. reviewing investigation of deputy accused of faking sniper shooting," 30 Aug. 2019 The victim suffered abrasions and contusions, but declined medical treatment. cleveland, "Cleveland man stopped in yard charged with trespassing, burglary: Shaker Heights police blotter," 22 Dec. 2019 The man was treated at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center for multiple lacerations, contusions, bruises and a stab wound to the chin, according to the affidavit. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Couple beaten and stabbed, woman asleep next door shot during violent assault near Wasilla last week," 10 Dec. 2019 Having appeared in all 82 games last season and the first 23 this season, Adebayo had been listed as questionable before Sunday's game due to a groin contusion. Ira Winderman,, "Bam Adebayo back on Heat injury report; Dragic, Winslow out again," 9 Dec. 2019 The kid was rushed to Cohen Children’s Medical Center and treated for hemorrhaging to the brain and facial contusions, a source said. Fox News, "Homeless man randomly picks up 6-year-old, slams him on concrete: report," 11 Oct. 2019 The two officers were hospitalized with abrasions, contusions, internal injuries and possible bone fractures. NBC News, "Man who shot Chicago officer is bicyclist who earlier fired on a woman, police say," 21 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of contusion

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for contusion

Middle English conteschown, from Latin contusion-, contusio, from contundere to pound, bruise, from com- + tundere to beat; akin to Goth stautan to strike, Sanskrit tudati he pushes

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23 Jan 2020

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“Contusion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of contusion

medical : an injury that usually does not break the skin


con·​tu·​sion | \ kən-ˈt(y)ü-zhən How to pronounce contusion (audio) \

Medical Definition of contusion

: injury to tissue usually without laceration : bruise sense 1

Other Words from contusion

contuse \ -​ˈt(y)üz How to pronounce contuse (audio) \ transitive verb contused; contusing

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to assert without proof or before proving

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