• WordNet 3.6
    • n contusion the action of bruising "the bruise resulted from a contusion"
    • n contusion an injury that doesn't break the skin but results in some discoloration
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Contusion (Med) A bruise; an injury attended with more or less disorganization of the subcutaneous tissue and effusion of blood beneath the skin, but without apparent wound.
    • Contusion The act or process of beating, bruising, or pounding; the state of being beaten or bruised.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n contusion The act of beating and bruising, or the state of being bruised.
    • n contusion The act of reducing to powder or fine particles by beating or pounding.
    • n contusion In surgery, a bruise; a hurt or injury to the flesh or some part of the body without breach of integument or apparent wound, as one inflicted by a blunt instrument or by a fall.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Contusion act of bruising; state of being bruised; a bruise
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. contusio,: cf. F. contusion,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. contundĕre, contusumcon, and tundĕre, to bruise.


In literature:

I went to bed: I know there was a great contusion on my elbow.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 102, June 11, 1892" by Various
Your left shoulder is dislocated, one of your fingers and two of your ribs broken, and one of your ankles severely contused.
"Mr. Fortescue" by William Westall
He is both angry and contused.
"David Lockwin--The People's Idol" by John McGovern
HIS LORDSHIP had lost his right eye by a contusion which he received at the siege of Calvi, in the island of Corsica.
"The Death of Lord Nelson" by William Beatty
Contusion now merely and a swollen condition.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
Such seldom escape without broken legs or severe contusions, which are often incurable.
"The Life and Adventures of Kit Carson, the Nestor of the Rocky Mountains, from Facts Narrated by Himself" by De Witt C. Peters
Varying pathological developments often result from concussion, contusion or other violent shocks to the bony structures.
"Lameness of the Horse" by John Victor Lacroix
His arm was broken and badly contused.
"The Fat of the Land" by John Williams Streeter
Some murderous contusion makes me suddenly conscious of their presence.
"Autumn Leaves" by Various
Bruises or contusions are caused by falls, wrenches, or blows from blunt instruments, without breaking the skin.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce

In poetry:

In this whirl of wild confusion
Who shall guide the weary soul?
Who shall heal the heart's contusion,
And the bruised reed make whole?
"Written In An Album (II)" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell

In news:

UCLA freshman Kyle Anderson has a bone contusion in his right wrist, an MRI exam showed Wednesday, and he will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game against James Madison.
Running back Ahmad Bradshaw has a hand contusion , according to New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin.
K Phil Dawson played with thigh contusion .
Lee has left rib contusion .
Carlos Lee sustained a rib contusion from a collision with shortstop Angel Sanchez during Sunday's victory.
Ginobili's status in doubt after leg contusion .
The injury was initially ruled a concussion, but the QB actually sustained a spinal contusion that left him temporarily without any feeling in his arms and hands.
Detroit Tigers' Omar Infante has right thumb contusion, is in Game 4 starting lineup.
Manu Ginobili doesn't expect the hip contusion that kept him out of the Spurs' last game to keep him out of their next one.
View full size The Oregonian Elliot Williams is expected to be in the rotation tonight as Nicolas Batum sits with left knee bone contusion.
Georgia receiver Malcolm Mitchell (shoulder contusion) practiced in a non-contact jersey Tuesday.
The woman was taken Memorial Hospital Central with facial lacerations, body contusions, a bite injury on her hand and strangulation injuries.
Maybe he will have an elbow contusion to the throwing arm of his starting quarterback to lean on to make a change.
Fletcher Cox has a low back contusion and will have a CT scan in the morning.
Josh Boone's trip ended before it even started, as the slow healing rate of his right ankle contusion convinced the team to send him home Saturday morning.