AskDefine | Define contuse

Dictionary Definition

contuse v : injure the underlying soft tissue of bone of; "I bruised my knee" [syn: bruise]

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English

Etymology

Latin contus- past participle stem of contundere ‘pound or beat small’, from com- + tundere ‘beat, thump’.

Pronunciation

IPA: /kən'tju:z/

Verb

  1. to bruise
    • 1965: His mouth had been struck or kicked. The lips were severely contused, reddened. — John Fowles, The Magus
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