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 Without Love for the first time this season because of a lower back contusion, the Cavs looked discombobulated. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers get unfriendly reminder of Kevin Love’s importance in 123-105 blowout loss to New York Knicks," 19 Nov. 2019 After making a pair of free throws, Middleton checked out of the game and did not return due to a left thigh contusion. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 121, Thunder 119: Milwaukee holds on to finish the job," 10 Nov. 2019 Carter-Williams sustained a left hip contusion during Wednesday’s win over the New York Knicks. Roy Parry,, "Magic guard Michael Carter-Williams will not play tonight against Bucks," 31 Oct. 2019 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

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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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27 Nov 2019

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“Contusion.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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 constrict the range or activity of

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