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 Dictionary entry overview: What does contusion mean? 

  The noun CONTUSION has 2 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: CONTUSION used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1contusion [BACK TO TOP]


An injury that doesn't break the skin but results in some discoloration

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs


bruise; contusion

Hypernyms ("contusion" is a kind of...):

harm; hurt; injury; trauma (any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "contusion"):

ecchymosis (the purple or black-and-blue area resulting from a bruise)

petechia (a minute red or purple spot on the surface of the skin as the result of tiny hemorrhages of blood vessels in the skin (as in typhoid fever))

black eye; mouse; shiner (a swollen bruise caused by a blow to the eye)

Sense 2contusion [BACK TO TOP]


The action of bruising

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

the bruise resulted from a contusion

Hypernyms ("contusion" is a kind of...):

hit; hitting; striking (the act of contacting one thing with another)

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