[ 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.

Origin of contusion

1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin contūsiōn- (stem of contūsiō). See contuse, -ion

Related forms

con·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 Forms

contusioned, adjective
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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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