contuse v : injure the underlying soft tissue of bone of; "I bruised my knee" [syn: bruise]
EtymologyLatin contus- past participle stem of contundere ‘pound or beat small’, from com- + tundere ‘beat, thump’.
- to bruise
- 1965: His mouth had been struck or kicked. The lips were severely contused, reddened. — John Fowles, The Magus