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 The victim suffered abrasions and contusions, but declined medical treatment. cleveland, "Cleveland man stopped in yard charged with trespassing, burglary: Shaker Heights police blotter," 22 Dec. 2019 The man was treated at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center for multiple lacerations, contusions, bruises and a stab wound to the chin, according to the affidavit. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Couple beaten and stabbed, woman asleep next door shot during violent assault near Wasilla last week," 10 Dec. 2019 Having appeared in all 82 games last season and the first 23 this season, Adebayo had been listed as questionable before Sunday's game due to a groin contusion. Ira Winderman,, "Bam Adebayo back on Heat injury report; Dragic, Winslow out again," 9 Dec. 2019 The kid was rushed to Cohen Children’s Medical Center and treated for hemorrhaging to the brain and facial contusions, a source said. Fox News, "Homeless man randomly picks up 6-year-old, slams him on concrete: report," 11 Oct. 2019 The two officers were hospitalized with abrasions, contusions, internal injuries and possible bone fractures. NBC News, "Man who shot Chicago officer is bicyclist who earlier fired on a woman, police say," 21 Sep. 2019 Harper, who was much larger than Rowden in stature, suffered multiple bruises and contusions, however. Lavendrick Smith, Dallas News, "Family of man shot to death by Dallas officer testifies he'd never fight police, always said, 'I'm running'," 21 Aug. 2019 Cuts to the face and head were the most common injuries, followed by contusions -- bruising of the brain -- abrasions and internal organ injuries. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Walking while texting and other cell phone related injuries are on the rise, especially for the young," 5 Dec. 2019 Derrick White arrived at State Farm Arena on Tuesday nursing what the Spurs officially termed a contusion of his right glute. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Spurs notebook: Derrick White takes charge — after charge," 6 Nov. 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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9 Jan 2020

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“Contusion.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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