Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An injury in which the skin is not broken; a bruise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A wound, such as a bruise, in which the skin is not broken; often having broken blood vessels and discolouration

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of beating, bruising, or pounding; the state of being beaten or bruised.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of beating and bruising, or the state of being bruised.
  • n. The act of reducing to powder or fine particles by beating or pounding.
  • n. 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an injury that doesn't break the skin but results in some discoloration
  • n. the action of bruising

Etymologies

From Middle French contusion, from Latin contusionem, from contusus, past participle of contundere ("to beat"), from com- + tundere ("to beat"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Shanahan said he met with McNabb last Tuesday to discuss the quarterback's various injuries - sore hamstrings and a shin contusion among them - and asked McNabb whether he was healthy enouugh to play at Detroit.

    Shanahan: McNabb's injuries contributed to benching

  • C Gerald Laird (left shin contusion) was injured May 4, and he hasn't played since.

    Detroit Tigers Team Report

  • Edmonton LW and captain Ethan Moreau has yet to play this season because of a left ankle contusion from the preseason. ...

    USATODAY.com - Hockey - Edmonton vs. Detroit

  • During the action General Meade received a slight contusion from a spent grapeshot, and had two horses killed under him.

    Foreign and Colonial News

  • Rookie Michael Beasley added 20 points for Miami and briefly left the game with what the Heat described as a left shin contusion.

    USATODAY.com

  • Los Angeles also was short-handed, playing without center Chris Kaman, the league's third-leading rebounder at 13.9, who sat out with a left shin contusion.

    USATODAY.com

  • He was later declared to have a left shoulder contusion, which is another word for a bruise.

    Philly.com - Latest Videos

  • The cause of death for all 20 victims was chest contusion, meaning they were crushed to death, said Hannelore Kraft, the state governor of North Rhine-Westphalia, where Duisburg is located.

    WBAY Action 2 News

  • Calvillo was suffering from a "contusion" on his sternum, the team said during a press conference Friday.

    London Free Press

  • The working diagnosis at this point is a "contusion" to his thumb.

    Major League Baseball

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  • Due to contusions
    He suffered some confusions
    But no haemorrhage

    June 2, 2008