contusion [k uh n- too-zh uh n, - tyoo-] noun 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
-ion Related forms con·tu·sioned, adjective
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Word Origin and History for contusion n.
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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n. An injury in which the skin is not broken, often characterized by ruptured blood vessels and discolorations; a bruise.
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