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 The Marlins called the injury a contusion and Mattingly said after the game that an X-ray was negative. David Brandt, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rojas has 6 RBIs, Marlins power past D-backs 12-6," 17 Sep. 2019 The girl sustained a fractured skull, subdural bleeding, brain contusions and a brain edema, according to her family's attorney. Jill Martin, CNN, "Houston Astros to replace and extend netting at Minute Maid Park," 8 Aug. 2019 The 16-year-old suffered loss of hair, a contusion and blacked out after being slammed to the ground then suffered puncture marks from the dog bites. Christopher Harress |,, "Racial harassment, violence, dog attack alleged in $25 million Mobile mall lawsuit," 1 July 2019 According to the lawsuit, Barbee suffered spine and rib fractures, a traumatic brain injury, lung contusions and several other physical and cognitive injuries from the crash., "Former Tigard cop injured in crash sues driver, driver’s ex-employer for $23.6 million," 28 June 2019 Rashes were dermatitis and bruises were contusions. Alyson Pomerantz, Longreads, "Anaphylaxis of the Mind," 3 Sep. 2019 The Warriors have other injury concerns with guard Klay Thompson nursing a hamstring injury and backup center Kevon Looney slowed down with a left chest contusion, with both injuries coming in Golden State's 109–104 Game 2 victory. Scooby Axson,, "Kevin Durant Out for NBA Finals Game 3 With Calf Injury," 4 June 2019 In the top of the third inning in the finale of a three-game series vs. the rival St. Louis Cardinals, the Cubs saw shortstop Javier Baez exit with what the team called a left elbow contusion. Jace Evans, USA TODAY, "Javier Baez exits Cubs' game against Cardinals after being hit by pitch," 17 June 2018 Miguel Rojas left the game in the sixth inning with a left hand contusion after he was hit by a 97 mph fastball from Orioles starter Kevin Gausman. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Needing a lengthy start, Marlins No. 1 starter delivered against the lowly Orioles," 15 June 2018

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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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The first known use of contusion was in the 15th century

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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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