[ 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-
OTHER WORDS FROM contusecon·tu·sive [kuhn-too-siv, -tyoo-], /kənˈtu sɪv, -ˈtyu-/, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for contuse
The lesser degree of penetrative power, and increased capacity to contuse, possessed by such fragments are obvious.Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900|George Henry Makins
British Dictionary definitions for contuse
/ (kənˈtjuːz) /
(tr) to injure (the body) without breaking the skin; bruise
Derived forms of contusecontusive, adjective
Word Origin for contuse
C15: from Latin contūsus bruised, from contundere to grind, from tundere to beat, batter
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Medical definitions for contuse
[ kən-tōōz′ ]
To injure without breaking the skin; bruise.
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