- a bruising or being bruised
- a bruise; injury in which the skin is not broken
Origin of contusionMiddle English contusioun from Classical Latin contusio: see contuse
An injury in which the skin is not broken; a bruise.
From Middle French contusion, from Latin contusionem, from contusus, past participle of contundere (“to beat”), from com- + tundere (“to beat”).