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[kuh n-tooz, -tyooz]
verb (used with object), con·tused, con·tus·ing.
  1. to injure (tissue), especially without breaking the skin; bruise.
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Origin of contuse

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin contūsus past participle of contundere to bruise, crush, equivalent to con- con- + tud- (variant stem of tundere to beat) + -tus past participle suffix
Related formscon·tu·sive [kuh n-too-siv, -tyoo-] /kənˈtu sɪv, -ˈtyu-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for contusive


  1. (tr) to injure (the body) without breaking the skin; bruise
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Derived Formscontusive, adjective

Word Origin for contuse

C15: from Latin contūsus bruised, from contundere to grind, from tundere to beat, batter
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Word Origin and History for contusive


1798, from Latin contus-, past participle stem of contundere (see contusion) + -ive.

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contusive in Medicine


  1. To injure without breaking the skin; bruise.
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