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contuse

[ kuhn-tooz, -tyooz ]
/ kənˈtuz, -ˈtyuz /
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verb (used with object), con·tused, con·tus·ing.

to injure (tissue), especially without breaking the skin; bruise.

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Origin of contuse

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Latin contūsus, past participle of contundere “to bruise, crush,” equivalent to con- “with, together” + tud- (root with nasal infix of tundere “to beat”) + -tus past participle suffix, with -dt- becoming -s- ; see con-
con·tu·sive [kuhn-too-siv, -tyoo-], /kənˈtu sɪv, -ˈtyu-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for contuse

contuse
/ (kənˈtjuːz) /

verb

(tr) to injure (the body) without breaking the skin; bruise
contusive, adjective
C15: from Latin contūsus bruised, from contundere to grind, from tundere to beat, batter
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Medical definitions for contuse

contuse
[ kən-tōōz ]

v.

To injure without breaking the skin; bruise.
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