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[kuh n-tooz, -tyooz] /kənˈtuz, -ˈtyuz/
verb (used with object), contused, contusing.
to injure (tissue), especially without breaking the skin; bruise.
Origin of contuse
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin contūsus past participle of contundere to bruise, crush, equivalent to con- con- + tud- (variant stem of tundere to beat) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
[kuh n-too-siv, -tyoo-] /kənˈtu sɪv, -ˈtyu-/ (Show IPA),
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British Dictionary definitions for contusive


(transitive) to injure (the body) without breaking the skin; bruise
Derived Forms
contusive, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin contūsus bruised, from contundere to grind, from tundere to beat, batter
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Contemporary definitions for contusive

pertaining to or producing bruising

Word Origin

Latin contus- from contundere 'to beat, thump' + -ive's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for contusive

1798, from Latin contus-, past participle stem of contundere (see contusion) + -ive.

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contusive in Medicine

contuse con·tuse (kən-tōōz', -tyōōz')
v. con·tused, con·tus·ing, con·tus·es
To injure without breaking the skin; bruise.

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