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

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Outfielder JaCoby Jones, who left Wednesday’s game with a left hip contusion, returned to the lineup Thursday. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Why Ron Gardenhire wants injured Tigers to stay in Detroit on road trips," 17 May 2018 The leadoff man exited the game with a knee contusion. Dennis Lin,, "Dodgers shut out, sweep Padres," 27 Sep. 2017 Rojas, who was diagnosed with a left hand contusion, was hit by a 97 mph fastball from Kevin Gausman that ricocheted and hit him in the face during the sixth inning and forced him to exit the game. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Marlins’ J.T. Realmuto hits two home runs, continues to make case for an All-Star nod," 16 June 2018 Their 40-year-old bench catalyst suffered a nasty thigh contusion while colliding with former teammate Dewayne Dedmon in Atlanta. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "It’s official: Road grind has caught up with Spurs," 16 Jan. 2018 Injury update: Drew VerHagen left the game with a nasal contusion, sustained in the seventh inning while covering first base on a double-play attempt. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Boyd slammed early as Detroit Tigers fall to Reds, 9-5, in Cincy," 19 June 2018 Still limited Jonathon Simmons, who missed Tuesday’s loss to the Toronto Raptors because of a right wrist contusion, didn’t practice Wednesday and is considered questionable to play when the Magic host the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night. Josh Robbins,, "Tracy McGrady: Magic must build through draft, then court free agents," 21 Mar. 2018 Injury report: Rudy Gay (right heel bursitis), Manu Ginobili (right thigh contusion) and Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) are out for tonight’s Spurs-76ers game. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Aldridge a member of Team LeBron," 25 Jan. 2018 The New Orleans Pelicans had an early scare when Anthony Davis left the floor with a rib contusion in the first half of Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers. William Guillory,, "Anthony Davis overcomes rib injury, scores 41 in Pelicans' 9th straight victory," 6 Mar. 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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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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