[ kuh n-too-zhuh n, -tyoo- ]
/ kənˈtu ʒən, -ˈtyu- /


an injury, as from a blow with a blunt instrument, in which the subsurface tissue is injured but the skin is not broken; bruise.

Nearby words

  1. contumacy,
  2. contumelious,
  3. contumely,
  4. contuse,
  5. contused wound,
  6. contusive,
  7. conté,
  8. conundrum,
  9. conurbation,
  10. conure

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

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British Dictionary definitions for contusion


/ (kənˈtjuːʒən) /


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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Medicine definitions for contusion


[ kən-tōōzhən ]


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

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