con·​tu·​sion | \ kən-ˈtü-zhən How to pronounce contusion (audio) , -ˈtyü- \

Definition of contusion

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

Other Words from contusion

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 Kaminsky scored a career-high 31 points to go along with seven rebounds in a 119-109 win Nov. 11 over Portland as starting center Deandre Ayton was out with a right lower leg contusion . Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 7 Apr. 2022 Two-time All-Star Domantas Sabonis was also included in the six-player trade, which sent budding star Tyrese Haliburton and 3-point specialist Buddy Hield to Indiana, but due to a left knee contusion Sabonis did not make the trip to Indianapolis. James Boyd, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Mar. 2022 Joseph started in place of Killian Hayes, who missed the game due to a left hip contusion. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, 21 Jan. 2022 Porter had not played since December 3 against the Orlando Magic due to a thigh contusion. Rahat Huq, Forbes, 30 Dec. 2021 Jarreau, 23, missed the Heat’s two summer-league games last week at the California Classic in Sacramento due to a thigh contusion. Ira Winderman,, 14 Aug. 2021 The elbow sent him directly to the bench, then the locker room with a facial contusion that would sideline him for the next two games as well. Michael Casagrande |, al, 1 Feb. 2022 Mitchell sat out with a right calf contusion, while Bogdanovic missed his third straight game because of a left calf strain. The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Mar. 2022 Johnson hasn't played since March 4 when suffering a right quad contusion on his career-high 38-point night against the Knicks that ended with his game winner off glass from 31 feet out at the horn. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Contusion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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