[kuh n-too-zhuh n, -tyoo-]
- an injury, as from a blow with a blunt instrument, in which the subsurface tissue is injured but the skin is not broken; bruise.
Origin of contusion
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Examples from the Web for contusion
And yet you had suckled that son, though your breast had had to be lanced owing to a contusion.Plutarch's Morals
Contusion in this region, on the other hand, is not uncommon.
Two horses were killed under him, and he received a contusion in the thigh.Won by the Sword
It was at this juncture that he received the contusion, and became for some time senseless.Soyer's Culinary Campaign
There was quite a contusion near one temple and he was bleeding at the nose.Bound to Succeed
- an injury in which the skin is not broken; bruise
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Word Origin and History for contusion
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An injury in which the skin is not broken, often characterized by ruptured blood vessels and discolorations; a bruise.
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