con·​tu·​sion | \ kən-ˈtü-zhən, -ˈtyü-\

Definition of contusion

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

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contuse \ kən-​ˈtüz , -​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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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 Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond talks about his injury (rib contusion) after loss to Philadelphia Sixers, 114-78 on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons dominated by Ben Simmons, 76ers in Philly, 114-78," 5 Jan. 2018 The Warriors were also short-handed, with Andre Iguodala, the most valuable player in the 2015 N.B.A. finals, missing his third successive game with a lower leg contusion. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Warriors’ Game 6 Revival Keeps Series Alive Against the Rockets," 27 May 2018 Lakers rookie Moritz Wagner has been diagnosed with a left knee contusion, the team announced on Wednesday. Jenna West,, "Lakers' Moritz Wagner Diagnosed With Left Knee Contusion," 11 July 2018 Your information will be used as described in our Privacy Notice Marwin Gonzalez exited the Astros' game against the A's in the first inning with both a left elbow and left wrist contusion after he was spiked by Dustin Fowler. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Marwin Gonzalez exits game with injured left wrist," 11 July 2018 Ball played 52 games this past season, missing time at the middle and end of the season with a left MCL sprain and left knee contusion. USA TODAY, "Report: Lakers' Lonzo Ball has a torn meniscus in left knee," 29 June 2018 Remember, James’ injury, which was more of a deep-bone contusion than a full break but still required use of a soft cast, was self-inflicted. Steve Rosenbloom,, "Looks like LeBron James is now dumb enough to work for the Bulls," 11 June 2018 Near the end of the season Ball had a contusion in his left knee that caused him to miss several games. Tania Ganguli,, "Lonzo Ball awaits more information on left meniscus, but injury isn't considered serious," 30 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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English Language Learners Definition of contusion

medical : an injury that usually does not break the skin


con·​tu·​sion | \ kən-ˈt(y)ü-zhən \

Medical Definition of contusion

: injury to tissue usually without laceration : bruise sense 1

Other Words from contusion

contuse \ -​ˈt(y)üz \ transitive verb contused; contusing

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