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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contuse \ kən-​ˈtüz How to pronounce contusion (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 Tucker's streak of 267 consecutive games ended because of a left thigh contusion. Ben Nuckols, Chron, "Bradley Beal outduels ex-teammate John Wall, Wizards top Rockets," 16 Feb. 2021 Baldelli confirmed that catcher Alex Avila, recovering from lower back tightness, and righthander Jake Odorizzi, over a chest contusion, are on the trip with the club. La Velle E. Neal Iii, Star Tribune, "Travis Blankenhorn called up as Twins lose three more starters," 14 Sep. 2020 His injuries included a brain contusion, a fractured skull, a broken nose and a torn palate. New York Times, "How a Horrifying Cycling Crash Set Up a Battle Over Safety," 30 Jan. 2021 The victim suffered facial lacerations and a contusion to his right eye. Christine Mui,, "Boston seek to identify suspects behind two recent Dorchester street robberies," 26 Jan. 2021 Portland center Jusuf Nurkic left the game in the first quarter with a quad contusion and did not return. oregonlive, "Plenty of heroes in Portland Trail Blazers’ dramatic 112-111 win over Toronto Raptors: Game rewind," 12 Jan. 2021 When Jalen Brunson made a spot start at point guard Sunday night against the Bulls, the Mavericks’ main goal was to weather their first game this season without Luka Doncic (left quad contusion). Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "Despite Jalen Brunson’s best efforts, Mavericks fail shorthanded test in loss to Bulls," 3 Jan. 2021 Andre Drummond was ruled out with an Achilles contusion shortly before tipoff. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers defenseless, lacking firepower to keep up with Utah Jazz in 117-87 loss," 12 Jan. 2021 Doncic, who missed the previous game due to a quadriceps contusion, finished with season highs of 33 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists, recording his first triple-double of the season. Ben Morse, CNN, "Luka Doncic creates another piece of history as he outbattles James Harden," 5 Jan. 2021

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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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24 Feb 2021

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“Contusion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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 contusion (audio) \ transitive verb contused; contusing

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