Definition of contusion in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈtjuːʒ(ə)n/


A region of injured tissue or skin in which blood capillaries have been ruptured; a bruise: a dark contusion on his cheek was beginning to swell vigorously shaking the head back and forth can produce contusions to the soft structure of the brain
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  • He has a lot of bumps and bruises - contusions and soft tissue injuries - but he should be back in four to six weeks.
  • His MRI showed a contusion and some tissue damage and something else that I can't pronounce.
  • In the youth and adult groups, more than 60% of the injuries were diagnosed as contusions, with sprains being the second most common diagnosis.


Late Middle English: from French, from Latin contusio(n-), from the verb contundere (see contuse).

Words that rhyme with contusion

allusion, collusion, conclusion, confusion, delusion, diffusion, effusion, exclusion, extrusion, fusion, illusion, inclusion, interfusion, intrusion, obtrusion, occlusion, preclusion, profusion, prolusion, protrusion, reclusion, seclusion, suffusion, transfusion

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