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 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 Andre Drummond was ruled out with an Achilles contusion shortly before tipoff. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers defenseless, lacking firepower to keep up with Utah Jazz in 117-87 loss," 12 Jan. 2021 Doncic, who missed the previous game due to a quadriceps contusion, finished with season highs of 33 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists, recording his first triple-double of the season. Ben Morse, CNN, "Luka Doncic creates another piece of history as he outbattles James Harden," 5 Jan. 2021 All-Star forward Anthony Davis, who dominated Portland in the playoffs last season, is listed as day-to-day with a calf contusion. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Lakers: Game preview, time, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online," 28 Dec. 2020 But pregame warmups showed his calf contusion to be more serious than Dallas expected, and he was ruled a game-day inactive — the first time in five seasons Elliott has missed a game due to injury. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Dallas Cowboys pull away from San Francisco 49ers for second consecutive win," 20 Dec. 2020 Zeke also missed practice last week with a calf contusion. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "What’s going on with Ezekiel Elliott? Cowboys need to figure out what to do about their star RB," 13 Dec. 2020 It was originally called a chest injury by the team after Gore left, but tests revealed the lung contusion. Dennis Waszak Jr.,, "Gore out this week due to bruised lung; Ex-UM, Dolphins tailback’s playing future now uncertain," 28 Dec. 2020 The contusion prevented him from practicing during the week, but head coach Mike McCarthy still expected Elliott to be available for the game. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott ruled inactive vs. San Francisco 49ers," 20 Dec. 2020 Although more imaging is needed, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees sustained a rib contusion against the San Francisco 49ers, according to a report from the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero. Amie Just | Staff Writer,, "Saints QB Drew Brees sustained rib contusion vs. 49ers, undergoing further imaging: report," 16 Nov. 2020

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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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19 Jan 2021

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“Contusion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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 contusion (audio) \ transitive verb contused; contusing

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