[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

1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin contūsiōn- (stem of contūsiō). See contuse, -ion
Related formscon·tu·sioned, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for contusion

swelling, wale, cut, knock, bump, wound, bang, mouse, discoloration

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British Dictionary definitions for contusion



an injury in which the skin is not broken; bruise
Derived Formscontusioned, adjective
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Word Origin and History for contusion

c.1400, from Middle French contusion, from Latin contusionem (nominative contusio) "crushing, bruising," from contus-, past participle stem of contundere "to beat, break to pieces," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + tundere "to beat" (see obtuse).

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contusion in Medicine




An injury in which the skin is not broken, often characterized by ruptured blood vessels and discolorations; a bruise.
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