con·​tu·​sion kən-ˈtü-zhən How to pronounce contusion (audio)
: injury to tissue usually without laceration : bruise sense 1a
kən-ˈtüz How to pronounce contusion (audio)
transitive verb

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 other 12 patients had lacerations, contusions and other non-life-threatening injuries, the fire department said. Francisco Guzman, USA TODAY, 3 July 2023 That latter sentiment is at an all-time high right now after Jokic had his way with Ayton in this series, coupled with Ayton sitting Phoenix’s last game with a rib contusion suffered in Game 5 Tuesday. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 12 May 2023 The wife was also injured with contusions to her head. Caleb Lunetta, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Nov. 2023 Recent significant injuries to shortstop Zach Neto (oblique strain) and infielder Gio Urshela (pelvis fracture), and an unknown timeline for the return of injured third baseman Anthony Rendon (wrist contusion), have left their infield in flux. Sarah Valenzuela, Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2023 As e-scooters, hoverboards and e-bikes increase in popularity, emergency rooms are seeing a surge in injuries — fractures, contusions, burns and cuts — related to the products, continuing a multiyear trend, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission finds in a report released Tuesday. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 17 Oct. 2023 Rams’ coach Sean McVay said Witherspoon sustained rib and hip contusions from the hit. oregonlive, 17 Sep. 2023 The victim was believed to have been stabbed in the head two times, suffering lacerations, a contusion to her forehead and the loss of three teeth, the county state’s attorney’s office said. Katia Parks, Baltimore Sun, 5 Sep. 2023 The types of injuries sustained in youth baseball can be categorized as contact injuries — such as concussions, fractures, and contusions — or overuse. Stuart Wallace, STAT, 26 June 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Contusion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: an injury to tissue that usually does not break the skin : bruise

Medical Definition


con·​tu·​sion kən-ˈt(y)ü-zhən How to pronounce contusion (audio)
: injury to tissue usually without laceration : bruise sense 1
contuse transitive verb
contused; contusing

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