1. A bodily injury resulting from a blow with a blunt object. This causes damage to subcutaneous tissue and the associated blood vessels, and an escape of blood. The visible result is black, purple, yellow, and/or blue discoloration of the skin, swelling, and painful tenderness in the affected areas. Appropriate treatment is ice and possibly aspirin or ibuprofin to reduce swelling.
  2. A severe concussion of the brain, resulting in damage to brain tissue and blood vessels. May cause no end of trouble, generally causing unconsciousness and other potentially permanent brain damage.
contusion: a bruise; an injury of soft tissues without breaking the overlying skin.

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Con*tu"sion (?), n. [L. contusio: cf. F. contusion.]


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

2. 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.


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